George J. Steiner Jr. Dies: Louisiana Film Commissioner, President Filmworks New Orleans Was 68
George J. Steiner, Jr., former Louisiana Film Commissioner and president of Filmworks New Orleans, a 36-acre motion picture and television production facility, died Sept. 26 in New Orleans at age 68. The cause was a cardiac event, according to Phil Caruso, a photographer and friend.

Steiner’s work spanned 50 years on productions in New Orleans.  Beginning his career as a set production assistant, Steiner rose to become an executive producer, most recently on She’s Funny That Way, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson with direction by Peter Bogdanovich. 

Steiner attended Loyola University in New Orleans simultaneously while producing the documentary, New Orleans-Queen City of the South.

He was a member of the Directors Guild of America for 30 years, as well as IATSE Local 478.  

Steiner is survived by his wife of 24 years, Eileen Williams Steiner, his sister Susan Steiner Villere (Pierre G.)  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a donation to the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the American Heart Association in George Steiner’s name. The family also invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at

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