Entertainment industry veteran Gregory Summitt, founder of Westlake Entertainment Group, a leading video and DVD distributor, died in Los Angeles on January 4 following a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.
Summitt founded Westlake in 1994, bringing together one of the largest independent libraries in the industry. The company was sold in 2009.
Under the GS Productions banner, Summitt was also a renowned producer and host of special interest documentaries and DVD series on hunting and hot rods, classic cars and road rallies.
Born in Watsonville, California, Summitt spent much of his youth in Arkansas and attended the Memphis School of Business before returning to California to continue his education at Cal State U. Los Angeles.
Summitt began his career as an actor, studying with Stella Adler, Jean Self, Tracy Roberts and Clu Gulager. He went on to appear in “Over the Top”, “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Starmaker”, as well as in other films and commercials.
Summitt then spent several years at Safari Club International, working with Ken Wilson, producer of the Sportsmen on Film series, before becoming an independent producer and launching Westlake.
He is survived by a daughter and a brother.