Veteran Executive Robert W. Rubin Dies at 60

Longtime Universal and Sony executive Robert W. Rubin died Monday at his Los Angeles home, a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 60.

Rubin, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and began his career as a litigation associate at Manatt Phelps and Phillips in 1983.

In 1987, he was hired an attorney in the Universal Motion Picture Group and promoted to senior VP of business affairs in 1990. Eight years later, he became executive VP for Universal Home Entertainment and was later named executive VP of Universal Worldwide Entertainment.

He later became executive VP of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, where he remained for several years. In 2011, he founded Hollywood2Go, a series of seminars providing insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of all aspects of Hollywood production.

Rubin also served at vice chairman of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., playing a role in the collection, preservation and restoration of photographic collections and rare films.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Blessing Rubin, and his son, Charles Rubin.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

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