Richard “Rusty” Citron, a primary motion picture and television advertising and marketing executive and private manager, died on Dec. 16 at the age of 68. The lead to was Lewy system dementia.
Citron’s profession in display small business spanned much more than 4 decades and noticed him rub shoulders with distinguished artists and creators from across the spectrum of the leisure field though overseeing the theatrical advertising of much more than 200 movement shots. As a advertising government, Citron worked at 20th Century Fox, LucasFilm, Marvel, Walt Disney, MGM, Sony Images and Universal Studios. His jobs integrated everything from building nationwide mall promotions for George Lucas’ “Return of the Jedi” to making buzz for the Rocky franchise.
His experienced lifetime commenced following the then 16-calendar year previous Citron lied about his age to get a occupation as a site for “The David Frost Exhibit.” Early in his profession, Citron was a individual supervisor and represented Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Dom DeLuise, Larry Gelbart, Richard Dimitri and Sha Na Na.
Citron wrote a memoir about his time in demonstrate business enterprise entitled “The Elephant Won’t Do Cable!: My Daily life in Hollywood from Zsa Zsa to Alice Cooper.” The title of the guide was derived from his expertise on a Tv set distinctive that Citron was encouraging to set with each other for the govt of Spain and a present that incorporated performances from the likes of Dionne Warwick and Cat Stevens. Taking pictures was held up when the agent for a person of the performers, an elephant, opted to drive a difficult bargain.
“One hour just before broadcast, the producer walked into the office with a straight experience and announced: the elephant won’t do cable,” Citron wrote. “We all started to chortle, and we stored laughing that kind of laugh that only will come in the absurdity of the second.”
Citron was also energetic in philanthropy, founding the Actors Corridor of Fame Foundation, a 501 c-3 non-profit basis that is dedicated to restoring remarkable arts training in schools. The basis honors life time achievement in film, tv and theater serving as a conduit to produce new revenues and methods for learners, instructors and organizations. Citron was a member of the Academy of Movement Picture Arts and Sciences, and was the founding chairman of the Products Placement Council and an executive board member of the Movie Facts Council.
Citron is survived by his wife Jill, daughters Rachel and Stacy, son-in-legislation Ethan and two grandsons Ellis and Miles. As his last reward, Citron donated his mind for exploration to the Brain Donor Venture in hopes of a treatment and extra aid to address Lewy body dementia.
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