Los Angeles TV mainstay Sam Rubin dies at 64


Sam Rubin, longtime entertainment anchor for KTLA in Los Angeles, has died at the age of 64, fellow anchor Frank Buckley announced during Friday's broadcast.

Rubin was a mainstay of celebrity interviews and covered all things Hollywood for decades. He also frequently reported for international media, including Australia and the UK, Buckley said.

Buckley said Rubin was at work Thursday and called in sick Friday morning. KTLA later reported that Rubin's family confirmed that he died of a heart attack.

“It's a huge blow,” said KTLA morning anchor Eric Spielman. “He was one of my best friends. We worked together every day for 33 years.

Spillman described Rubin as a huge and remarkable talent who could talk about anything to anyone.

“He was born to be a broadcaster,” Spielman said.

“His laugh, charm and caring personality impressed everyone who knew him,” KTLA shared. a social media tribute, “Sam was a loving husband and father: roles he valued most.”

According to Rubin's bio on KTLA.com, he joined the KTLA morning news show in 1991, and won several Emmys. He also received the Golden Mike Award for Best Entertainment Reporter, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association, and was named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rubin was one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and appeared regularly on BBC television and radio in the United Kingdom, as well as on Triple M radio and the Channel 9 television network in Australia.

Nexstar founder, chairman and CEO Perry Sook called Rubin “an icon in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry” in a statement shared with CNN on Friday. “My prayers are with his family and the KTLA family as we mourn his passing. he will be missed.”

Veteran actor Henry Winkler said Friday via phone on air on KTLA that Rubin “made every human being feel so special and inspired them to open up like a flower.”

Winkler also posted the ex, writing, “This is a terrible loss for Sam's family, his coworkers, friends, and his fans. It was always a pleasure to be on set with Sam. He will be sorely missed.”

“It's a very emotional, sad day. Not only for the KTLA family, but for the entire entertainment industry,” said actor Jerry O'Connell on KTLA. “That guy was a legend.”

“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet Wrote about Rubin On X, “I always enjoyed my time with Sam. Rest in peace, sir.”

“I am very sad to hear about the passing of my friend Sam Rubin. I've known him for decades,” posted Richard Simmons x on friday, “He was always interested in my projects and always laughed at my silly jokes. You will be greatly missed Sam.”

On Instagram, Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis wrote that Rubin's “professionalism was unmatched by his kindness and humanity”.

“I will miss your presence on the red carpet. May God bless your loved ones.”

Ben Stiller called Rubin an “outstanding pro” in his tribute on Made everyone feel comfortable and it was always fun and easy.”

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer also paid tribute to Rubin on social media, writing, “So sad to learn that we have lost Sam Rubin. It was always a pleasure to see him and be in his presence. My condolences to his family and fans.”

Later on Friday, Ryan Seacrest posted a tribute on Instagram, explaining how early in his career, one of his first live roles on Los Angeles TV was filling in for Rubin.

“His charm, his sense of fun and his professionalism always impressed me. My condolences to his family and his KTLA family. He will be missed by all of us.”

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