Herbert W. Sachs, 75, a former restaurant and club owner who brought big bands and popular entertainers to Washington during the 1940s, died of cancer Sunday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis. He lived in Crofton.
Mr. Sachs' first business venture, the old Del Rio Supper Club on 15th Street, featured the big bands of the '40s such as the Duke Ellington, Fred Waring and Eddie Duchin orchestras, as well as the era's top singers and entertainers. Its clientele included Hollywood stars and politicians and the country's second-ranked big band and celebrity radio broadcasts emanated from the Del Rio several nights each week before the club was sold after World War II.
After the del Rio, Mr. Sachs operated the old Town House Restaurant in a restored Georgetown building until the early 1950s, when he sold the restaurant and took over the Pigeon House Inn in Anne Arundel County. He operted the Pigeon House until 1975, when he left the restaurant business.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Sachs attended McKinley High School here. In his youth, he worked as a movie extra in silent films and was a marathon dancer and professional boxer whose earnings averaged $3 averaged $3 a fight.
Mr. Sachs returned to the Hollywood scene after retiring from the restaurant business and had been working as a screenwriter in recent years, commuting between his Crofton home and the West Coast.
He had been active in political and civic affairs in Washington and Maryland during most of his life and served as Crofton's Independence Day Celebration director in 1977.
He was a member of the Variety Club, a charter member of the Crofton Kiwanis Club and a life member of the Elks Club. He was active in the Anne Arundel Beverage Association for a number of years.
Survivors include his wife, Harriette, and a son, Joseph W. Sachs, both of Crofton; a daughter, Joyce Etterman of Bowie; his mother, Sarah Sachs, a sister, Cecelia Gimple, and a brother, Harris, all of Wheaton, and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.