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Publicist Vic Heutschy dies at 79

Worked on 'Dick Van Dyke,' 'Andy Griffith'

Victor (Vic) Joseph Heutschy, a film and TV publicist who worked on movies including “Cabaret,” “Caddyshack” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” during a career that spanned 50 years, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sept. 11. He was 79.

Heutschy worked as a unit publicist on some 80 movies produced on locations throughout the world, including “A Chorus Line,” “New York, New York,” “Missing,” “The Serpent’s Egg,” “The Big Red One,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Continental Divide,” “The Money Pit” and “The Main Event.”

He was also associated with Amblin/Universal Television on the NBC TV series “SeaQuest DSV” and “Earth 2.”

Heutschy began his career in 1955 as a junior publicist at MGM Studios under the guidance of then-studio publicity head Howard Strickling. In 1957 he joined PR firm Rogers and Cowan, where he spent four years, ultimately heading the television department. Among the shows for which he was responsible at R&C were “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Heutschy was born in Los Angeles, wrote for the school paper at L.A. City College and also attended UCLA.

He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

His wife, Eleanor Catherine Busch, and sister predeceased him; he is survived by five nieces and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 501 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills. He will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City.

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