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Mike Rauch, Former Showtime Executive and Film Producer, Dies at 69

Mike Rauch, film producer and longtime Showtime executive, died July 2 at his home in Studio City after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Rauch produced the features “Blue Steel,” “Reversal of Fortune” and “Point Break.”After relocating to Los Angeles from New York in 1992, he produced the television miniseries “Wild Palms.”

The next year Showtime offered Rauch an executive position, in which he supervised production of more than 140 films and numerous series including “Queer as Folk,” “The L Word” and “The Tudors.”

After 15 challenging and successful years, Rauch retired as Showtime’s executive vice president of production in 2008.

Michael Jay (Mike) Rauch was born in Troy, N.Y., and graduated from NYU with a major in art.

Rauch began his show business career auspiciously, landing a spot in the DGA trainee program, where he learned the ropes on “The French Connection” and “The Godfather.”

He did stints as production supervisor on “The Cotton Club”; unit production manager on “Live and Let Die,” “Eddie Macon’s Run” and “Brewster’s Millions”; and assistant director on “Superman,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Last Embrace” and “Simon,” among many other films and television series.

Throughout his career, Rauch wielded his power, position and influence to mentor and promote several generations of young aspiring professionals in every discipline.

Rauch is survived by his wife Vibeke Arntzen, his brother Stuart, and his nephew Dr. Dan Rauch.

There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. at Temple Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607.

Donations may be made in Rauch’s name to the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, P.O. Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA 91409.

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