Longtime Publicist Vic Heutschy Dies at 79

Veteran worked on such projects as 1970s Oscar winners “Cabaret” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Vic Heutschy, a publicist whose 50-year career included work on Oscar winners Cabaret and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, died Sept. 11 of natural causes in his home in Century City. He was 79.

Heutschy served on location as a unit publicist on some 80 movies, also including Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), New York, New York (1977), The Main Event (1979), Caddyshack (1980), The Big Red One (1980), Continental Divide (1981), Missing (1982), A Chorus Line (1985) and The Money Pit (1986).

Heutschy also was associated with Amblin/Universal Television on the NBC series seaQuest DSV and Earth 2 in the mid-’90s.

The Los Angeles native began his career in 1955 as a junior publicist at MGM under the guidance of studio publicity head Howard Strickling. In 1957, he joined Rogers & Cowan for a four-year stint, ultimately heading the television department there. Among the series for which he was responsible were The Danny Thomas Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show.

Heutschy was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Survivors include nieces Patricia Jordan, Kathleen Jordan, Leslie Jones, Darcy Jones and Lisa Ben Yedder; nephews Paul Jordan and Richard Amescua; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Jones.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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