Sam Rubin, Los Angeles TV Anchor and Entertainment Reporter, Dies at 64

Sam Rubin, a reporter for KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, whose morning interviews with celebrities have become a staple for much of the entertainment industry and who has endeared himself to Hollywood insiders for his kindness and knowledge of their work, died Friday. He was 64 years old.

Mr. Rubin’s death was announced by KTLA anchor Frank Buckley. A tribute segment aired on the station said the cause was a heart attack.

In an industry known for its changing names and changing trends, Mr. Rubin was for decades a mainstay for viewers across the city and an interview with him was considered a rite of passage for many stars.

His ability to put celebrities at ease when he asked them about their profession has spanned generations.

Although it was clear that Mr. Rubin was immersed in the minute details of his rhythm, part of his enduring appeal came from the antics he himself brought to the studio and his ability to change the rhythm of what might be a rote interview.

“Is it shampoo and conditioner, or just shampoo – what’s the hair regimen, Jared?” he said in an interview with actor Jared Leto.

“You know, my friend, it’s a toupee,” Mr. Leto said.

It was clear that Hollywood’s biggest names had an affection for Mr. Rubin. They often looked comfortable and familial under the KTLA studio lights, as if they were talking with an old friend.

Mr. Rubin could be seen on a red carpet, cordially shaking Tom Hanks’ hand as the movie star shouted “Sam Rubin, ladies and gentlemen!” or interviewing Billie Eilish about the Oscars or dancing with Beyoncé and the members of Destiny’s Child when the group was still together.

On social media, many in the industry reflected on their interactions with Mr. Rubin.

“Even though I was on my 85th interview that day, I was still happy to see Sam,” said actor Ryan Reynolds. wrote. “Even though he was on his 85th interview that day, he always brought genuine kindness, curiosity and an original question.”

Sam Rubin was born on February 16, 1960 in San Diego, according to the Los Angeles Times. He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and earned a degree in American studies and rhetoric.

After working as a correspondent for several local media outlets covering entertainment news, Mr. Rubin joined KTLA in 1991 and quickly made a name for himself with his unexpected questions and easy charm.

Mr. Rubin has won several Emmy Awards for his coverage, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He used his celebrity savvy as co-author of two celebrity biographies, one on former first lady Jacqueline Onassis and another on actress Mia Farrow.

Mr. Rubin’s entertainment was not limited to the KTLA studio. He was co-owner of SRE, Inc., a production company that broadcast television and cable programming such as the red carpet events “Live From” and the talk show “Hollywood Uncensored.”

Mr. Rubin is survived by his wife, Leslie Gale Shuman, and four children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In his latest interview on Thursday, Mr. Rubin spoke with actress Jane Seymour.

After learning of Mr. Rubin’s death, actor Henry Winkler spoke to KTLA about the legacy he left behind.

“When you were interviewed by him, there was no one after you, there was no one before you in that office,” Mr. Winkler said. “It was you in that seat, and that was all that mattered.”

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