Marc Spiegel, who spent nearly half a century as an exec at the Motion Picture Assn. of America, died Thursday, April 29, of natural causes. He was 92.
After military service in WWII, Spiegel sought to promote business between Europe and the U.S. and support the rebuilding of Europe in the process. He pioneered the first cable TV systems in Europe; drove RKO Radio Pictures’ Latin American and German business operations; and was one of the strongest international advocates of the U.S. audiovisual industry during his tenure at the MPAA alongside colleagues Fred Gronich and Jack Valenti.
Spiegel he was also passionate patron of the arts and education. He was fluent in six languages and boasted Masters of Arts from Harvard and Boston U..
Born in Russia, Spiegel suspended his efforts in a Harvard doctoral program to join the U.S. Army after the fall of Paris in 1941, rising from private to lieutenant colonel in three years. His service under Gen. Dwight Eisenhower earned awards including the Legion of Merit, a Legion d’Honneur, Chevalier and Croix de Guerre.
Spiegel is survived by his wife, Peggy.