Morin, Robert B.
Robert B. Morin, veteran motion picture,TV production and syndication/distribution Exec, died Saturday, April 24th from heart complications. He was 83.
Known as Bobby to all who knew him, he was a native New Yorker.
In a career spanning decades, Bobby Morin was well known in the U.S and internationally.
A pioneer with a vast background and expertise in worldwide syndication/distribution, Morin became best known for his achievements as head of 20th Century Fox Worldwide syndication. He guided the company through record setting years with the smash hit series M*A*S*H, making M*A*S*H the most successful syndicated series of its time.
His record breaking streak continued with his sales of feature film packages to television.
As head of Lorimar Television Distribution Morin guided successes such as "Dallas", and "Eight is Enough".
While VP of MGM-TV, he was noted for innovative sales of the cartoon package "Tom and Jerry" to network television.
Living In Rome, Italy for several years, Morin acquired foreign-language films and was a trailblazer in dubbing them for distribution to the American market. He was International VP of RKO General.
Internationally, Morin was well known for film/television package sales, including the classic Janus Film Library, M*A*S*H TV series, "Dallas", "The Fall Guy" and others. Bobby was also known for his work as Exec VP of Heritage Films, President of Lin-Medallion and Scandia Films, which he founded.
His lengthy career stretched back to his early years at Seven Arts and as President of Allied Artists TV.
Morin left the industry after his position as President of New Century Telecommunications. As described by his associates, "Bobby was a legend, to be sure."
Bobby Morin spent the past 20 years living in the country in Southern Calif. with Audrey, his wife of 63 years. They enjoyed their small lemon ranch and the beautiful countryside outside Los Angeles. His dynamic presence and humorous wit was always present.
He leaves behind his beloved Audrey, his three daughters, and his son, who recently preceded him in death. He had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He will be sorely missed by all.
Published in Los Angeles Times on Jun. 27, 2010.