Sam Rubin, beloved LA entertainment anchor and interviewer, dies at 64

(11 May 2024)
Hollywood, California – 9 January 2019
1. Set up of Sam Rubin, founding board member of Critics Choice Association and veteran 35 year national entertainment anchor
2. Over the shoulder of Rubin working at his computer
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Rubin, entertainer/founding member Critics Choice Association:
"It’s a really, really big story. It is very rare that you see any kind of entertainment entity part from what I would describe as the mothership, an actor saying ‘I won’t work for that studio anymore,’ that kind of thing, and we’re seeing that here. It’s really highly unusual and you would think that the bosom of the Royal family would be a desirable place to be. Well clearly for Harry and Meghan it is not and they are trying to break away in the most extraordinary way."

Beverly Hills, Calif. – 2 February 2010
4. Los Angeles entertainment reporter Sam Rubin doing interview
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Rubin/Entertainment Reporter, KTLA, Los Angeles, on "Avatar" success:
"They were very successful in ‘eventizing’ the movie. The idea was, ‘you had to see this, just to kind of keep up.’ And your friends were seeing this and people are also seeing it again and again. I think this idea of being transported. People are saying, ‘hey, I want to live on Pandora.’"

Los Angeles – 16 July 2019
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Rubin, KTLA-TV entertainment reporter:
"It was a huge surprise that ‘Big Bang Theory’ after this enormous global success, it’s the largest sitcom not just in the United States but all around the world, was in effect ignored by the Academy and my only explanation is perhaps because Jim Parsons has not been ignored in the past and maybe they felt, ‘well, maybe we’ve honored that series, we’ve honored performers from the show, we’ve bestowed Emmys on performances from the show’ but in a year when it was the number one sitcom, not just in the U.S., the UK, Australia, all around the world, that’s a true Emmy snub, the fact that ‘Big Bang Theory’ received nothing from that farewell, final season, maybe, sometimes I think financial success comes in to this and maybe the Academy people think, ‘boy, with these million dollars per episode deals, they’ve already won and they don’t need this extra attention or acclaim.’ I think fans will feel disappointed. ‘Big Bang Theory,’ great, beloved and now denied."

Los Angeles – 9 November 2014
7. STILL of journalist Sam Rubin arriving at the AARP Movies for Grownups Film Showcase at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)
Sam Rubin, a beloved entertainment anchor and reporter for KTLA in Los Angeles who was on a first-name basis with Hollywood’s top stars, has died. He was 64.

The station announced that he died unexpectedly on Friday. No cause was released.

Rubin joined the station’s morning news team in 1991. He conducted upbeat live interviews with actors and musicians from behind the anchor desk and was a mainstay at premiere red carpets and movie junkets. His final interview was with Jane Seymour on Thursday.

Seymour joined Tom Hanks, Viola Davis, Ben Stiller, Guillermo del Toro, Kiefer Sutherland, Octavia Spencer and other Hollywood figures in mourning Rubin on social media.

“Even if I was on my 85th interview that day, I was always happy to see Sam. Even if HE was on his 85th interview that day, he always brought genuine kindness, curiosity and an outside the box question,” Ryan Reynolds posted on X.

Rubin is survived by his wife, Leslie, and four children.

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