Nightly News | November 27, 2013
>>> we are back now with this revelation from a well known movie producer who says for a time he was producing a string of blockbuster pictures and also living something of a double life as a nuclear arms dealer for israel . he made the admission in an interview on an israeli news broadcast. we get the story tonight from nbc's andrea mitchell .
>> reporter: he's a legendary hollywood producer credited with more than a hundred movies, from "pretty woman," to "fight club."
>> hit me as hard as you can.
>> reporter: to the current hit "12 years of slave".
>> nothing but a georgia runaway.
>> reporter: he produced robert de niro in "the king of comedy" but arnon milchan now reveals he was an israeli spy.
>> you know, i did it for my country.
>> reporter: his country is israel where he's still a citizen and for years an under cover agent.
>> james bond , wow. that's very exciting.
>> he told me that he was an israeli and that he, of course, would do these things for his country. something with the things that trigger --
>> reporter: biographers say the things that trigger something for nuclear triggers and centrifuges from germany and uranium from south africa for israel 's first nuclear bomb . a secret program israel has always denied. milchan said he was recruited by perez, currently israel 's president and a nobel peace prize winner . milchan says his business partner was often sydney pollock of "tootsie" fame. do you think israel would be a nuclear nation without arnon milchan ?
>> they needed somebody to head up this relationship. it was mostly covert, clan decemb clandestine. they found a young man who was successful. that was arnon milchan .
>> reporter: he's celebrated as a hero back home.
>> he's always remembered his country, remembered his roots.
>> reporter: now he's finally come in from the cold.
>> it definitely has an "argo" quality, a "bourne eyidentity" and a "yentl" quality.
>> reporter: with him in the starring role. andrea mitchell , nbc news, washington.