Rob Remley, Former Dancer and Hollywood Marketing Executives, Dies

Prior to joining the film industry, he performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Rob Remley, a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company who found a second career as a Hollywood marketing exeutive, died of cancer  Sept. 27 in Los Angeles.

He most recently served as senior vp of international marketing and distribution at Warners, and prior to that held a similar post at New Line, where he worked on such projects as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

After receiving a BA in English Literature from Berkeley and a MA in Dance from Ohio State University, Remley joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for which he performed until 1988. The highlight of his dance career came in 1984 when he performed a piece called “Quartet," choreographed specifically for him by Cunningham.

After leaving the company, Remley received an MBA with distinction from Columbia University and then moved to the West Coast where he joined the international marketing department of RCA/Columbia Home Entertainment.

He is survived by his partner, film professor and film critic Emanuel Levy.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., 8155 Willow Glenn Road, Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the RemleyLevy Arts Foundation, a non-profit association devoted to dance and film appreciation among ethnic minorities and young students. Donations may be sent to RemleyLevy Arts Foundation, c/o Levy, 11 Riverside Drive, Apt. 17PW, New York City, N.Y. 10023.

 

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