John Dartigue Death: former film executive at Warner Bros. Was 82

John Dartigue Death: former film executive at Warner Bros.  Was 82


John Dartigue, former vice president of publicity at Warner Bros., died on November 9 in Los Angeles after a sudden illness. He turned 82.

Dartigue joined Warner Bros. in 1978. as a project manager in the marketing department. In 1984, he was named vice president of publicity and remained with the company until his retirement in 2001.

The Warner Bros. movies he promoted included ‘The Fugitive’, Ridley Scott’s original ‘Blade Runner’, Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ movies, ‘Interview With the Vampire’, ‘GoodFellas’, ‘The Mission,” “New Jack City,” “Arthur,” “Caddy Shack,” “Malcolm X,” and Jim Carrey’s “Ace Ventura” movies.


Dartigue began his career in the film industry in 1965 with United Artists. He started out as a reader in the story department before serving as an intern in what was formerly called foreign advertising and publicity under Ashley Boone. He then moved on to the domestic side of publicity, eventually serving as publicity director from 1975 and briefly vice president of advertising and publicity in 1978.

At United Artists, Dartigue oversaw the publicity campaigns of such projects as “Persona,” “Shame,” “Stolen Kisses,” “The Bride Wore Black,” “Satyricon,” “The Last Waltz,” “New York, New York,” Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘Apocalype Now’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Coming Home’, ‘In the Heat of the Night’, ‘Last Tango in Paris’, ‘Lenny’, ‘Network’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Rocky’, ‘Women in Love’ and the first 10 ‘James Bond’ movies.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dartigue moved to the US at age 5. His father Maurice worked in education in Haiti, Paris and Africa, and John wrote the foreword for and edited several works on his father’s career: “Maurice Dartigue: Educational Development in Haiti 1804-1946” and “From Haiti to Africa, Itinerary of Maurice Dartigue, a visionary educator.” His mother, the former Esther Reithoffer, ran kindergartens in Port-au-Prince, Great Neck and Paris. John co-wrote “Forging Ahead: Recollections of the Life and Times of Esther Dartigue” with his mother.

After his senior year at the American School of Paris, Dartigue attended Brandeis University, where he met future executives Ashley Boone and Cheryl Boone. He received his BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis and his MA in Political Science from Columbia University.

Dartigue became an American citizen in 1973 with the sponsorship of David Picker, then president of United Artists.

He is survived by cousins ​​living in the US, Haiti, Jamaica, Germany and Transylvania, as well as friends in North America and Western Europe.


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