Producer, film exec Steven Reuther dies

Credits include 'Pretty Woman,' 'Dirty Dancing,' The Client'

Steven Reuther, a film executive and producer whose credits include "Dirty Dancing," "Pretty Woman," "The Client" and "Pay It Forward," died Saturday of cancer at his home in Santa Monica. He was 58.

Reuther got his start in the mailroom at WMA and went on to work with Arnon Milchan at New Regency for five years. He later partnered with Michael Douglas in Douglas/Reuther Prods. and created Bel Air Pictures, a co-venture between Warner Bros. and Canal Plus. He produced more than 35 films.

A theater arts major in college, Reuther came to Los Angeles in the late 1970s and landed his first job in the WMA mailroom. He quickly became the first assistant to agent Stan Kamen and an expert in film finance, structuring numerous pics pioneering the use of Canadian tax structures.

Moving into film development and production, Reuther served first as vp of Galactic Films, where he helped develop Adrian Lynne's steamy "9 1⁄2 Weeks" (1986). At Vestron Pictures, he executive produced "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and many other films.

Reuther then partnered with Milchan at New Regency for five years, where he developed Sidney Lumet's "Family Business" (1989) and "Q & A" (1990), Douglas starrer "The War of the Roses (1989) and the 1990 worldwide smash "Pretty Woman."

Also in the 1990s, he produced such films as "Love Hurts" (1990), "The Mambo Kings" (1992), "The Power of One" (1992), Steven Seagal hit "Under Siege" (1992), "Sommersby" (1993), Joel Schumacher's "The Client" (1994), "Boys on the Side" (1995), "The Ghost in the Darkness" (1996), John Woo's "Face/Off" (1997) and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker" (1997).

He served as president and CEO of Douglas/Reuther from 1994-97.

In 1998, Reuther created Bel Air and became chairman and CEO. At Bel Air, he produced "Pay It Forward" (2000), which starred Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. The film's title became a buzzword for doing right by others.

Other Bel Air productions included "Proof of Life" (2000), "Sweet November" (2001), "Rock Star" (2001) and "Collateral Damage" (2002).

After Bel Air, he produced films including last year's comedy "The Ugly Truth," and he has numerous films in development.

Survivors include his daughter Danielle, a film and arts major at New York University; his mother Helen; his brothers Mike and James; and his sister Linda.
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