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Former Longtime Warner Bros & UA Film Exec Was 82 – Deadline

John Dartigue, a 22-year Warner Bros government who rose to VP Publicity and supervised campaigns for such hits as The Fugitive and The Dark Knight and after beginning his career at United Artists and dealing on the primary 10 James Bonds pics, has died. He was 82.

A household spokesperson instructed Deadline that Dartigue died November 9 in Los Angeles after a sudden sickness.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dartigue’s household moved to the U.S. when he was 5 and would turn out to be a U.S. citizen in 1973. He launched his career in 1965 at United Artists by Robert Benjamin, the company’s co-chairman and a household buddy. He briefly was a reader within the story division earlier than serving as a trainee in what was then known as Foreign Advertising & Publicity, beneath Ashley Boone. He then converted to the home aspect of publicity, the place he rose by the ranks as a publicist earlier than being upped to UA’s Director of Publicity in 1975 and serving briefly as VP Advertising & Publicity in 1978.

While at United Artists, Dartigue supervised the publicity campaigns for its three back-to-back Best Picture Oscar-winners within the mid-’70s: Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Sylvester Stallone starrer Rocky and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. He additionally labored publicity for the primary 10 James Bond movies, the 4 Beatles movies, Clint Eastwood’s Dollar spaghetti Westerns, Network, (*82*), Apocalypse Now, Coming Home, That’s Entertainment! and a number of pics every by Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman and François Truffaut.

He moved from New York to California in 1978 and joined Warner Bros in Burbank as a project government within the advertising division. In 1984, he was appointed VP Publicity and remained within the put up till his 2001 retirement.

During his WB tenure, Dartigue supervised the publicity campaigns for Best Picture winners Midnight Cowboy and In the Heat of the Night; franchises together with Batman, Ace Ventura and Mad Max; together with such hit movies as The Perfect Storm, The Fugitive, Interview with the Vampire, Malcolm X, The Green Mile, The Color Purple, New Jack City, Blade Runner, GoodFellas, The Witches of Eastwick, Caddyshack, 10, Arthur, The Accidental Tourist, The Pelican Brief, Presumed Innocent and The Pledge.

When Dartigue retired from Warners in June 2001, then-Domestic Theatrical Marketing President Brad Ball mentioned: “Throughout his distinguished career at Warner Bros. Pictures, John supervised publicity campaigns for many of our most significant films. His leadership, expertise and impressive filmmaker relationships made him a highly respected and invaluable member of our team. The body of work and caliber of films John oversaw speak for themselves.”

Survivors embrace cousins residing within the U.S., Haiti, Jamaica, Germany and Transylvania.

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