Richard S. Dubelman, a producer, cinematographer and director who produced “The Execution of Private Slovik” died July 1 in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He was 69.
“The Execution of Private Slovik” is the story of the only U.S. soldier executed for desertion during World War II. Dubelman decided to bring the story to the screen after reading the 1954 bestselling book by William Bradford Huie. The 1974 NBC telepic won two Emmys.
Dubelman worked extensively in commercials, including photographing the well-known “Hey Mikey” ads for Life Cereal. His work as a commercial cinematographer and director on spots for Crackerjacks, Polaroid and others earned him five Clios.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elaine, two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Children’s Blood Foundation, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, 333 E. 38th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016.