Myron Karlin, a former president of Warner Bros. International and film industry veteran who also worked for MGM and United Artists in a career that took him around the globe, died Nov. 25 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 95.
Karlin became president of Warner Bros. International in 1972, leading the studio’s overseas efforts for 13 years. After leaving this post in 1985, he became VP of international affairs, focusing on governmental affairs.
Karlin began his showbiz career right after WWII: In 1946 he served as general manager of MGM in Ecuador before moving on to head MGM offices in Venezuela, Germany and Argentina. In the late 1950s, he was general manager for United Artists in Italy.
Moving to Chicago in 1960, he took an eight-year break from the movie business before returning to MGM to serve as VP of the studio’s U.K., Europe, Middle East and Africa offices.
He ended his long career by serving as president of the Motion Picture Export Association in 2003.
Born in Revere, Mass., Karlin served in the OSS during WWII from Normandy to Paris, and he was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for distinguishing himself through acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy.
Karlin was also honored for his philanthropy: In 1984, France’s National Cinema Center awarded him a Knighthood of Arts and Letters. Two years later, the Los Angeles Friends of Shaare Zedek Medical Center bestowed on him its Jerusalem Award for his continued support of the research hospital.
Survivors include Karlin’s wife of 67 years, Charlotte; two daughters; three grandchildren; and a brother.
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