Donald T. Gillin, a film industry executive for more than 40 years, died after a lengthy illness at 78.

Beginning in 1932, Gillin served in various sales capacities for Warner Bros. and Universal.

In WWII, he served in the Army and attained the rank of major and was presented the Purple Heart and four battle stars.

Afet the war, he became VP and general sales manager of Sol Lesser Prods., overseeing worldwide distribution of its films.

In 1960 Gillin formed his own company, Producers‘ Representatives, which handled, among others, the films of John Wayne and Dino De Laurentiis.

Gillin had served as chairman, board of advisers for UCLA Medical Center, president of Variety Club of Southern California and on the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly; a brother, Lloyd; and two sons, David and Jeffrey.

Services were Dec. 2. Tributes can be sent to Variety–The Children’s Charity of Southern California.

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