Seymour Borde

Seymour Borde, longtime theatrical distribution executive, died Saturday of natural causes in Palm Springs. He was 88.

A Chicago native and semi-pro baseball player, Borde began his career as a booker for RKO in the Midwest territory when he was offered a job by the studio if he would agree to play baseball for the company team.

He subsequently worked for the Walt Disney Co. and J. Arthur Rank. Following his relocation to Los Angeles, Borde started one of the first independent theatrical distribution companies, Seymour Borde and Associates.

The company, which proved to be one of the more successful sub-distribution companies on the West Coast, represented independent and studio product for the 13 Western states including MGM and Avco Embassy.

In 1979, Borde began to exec produce films with partner Dan Sonney and Borde’s producer-distributor son Mark. Following a 60-year career, Borde retired in 1990.

In addition to his son, Borde is survived by his wife, Jeanne and four other children.

Services were held Wednesday at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Burbank. Family suggests donations in Borde’s name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Los Angeles, or the City of Hope.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety