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Richard Scott, a former studio publicist and executive, died Tuesday in North Hollywood after a brief illness, publicist Lori De Waal announced. He was 75.
Scott wrote an episode of CBS’ Gunsmoke that aired in 1971, then began a long career in public relations. After a stint in the petrochemical industry, he landed positions at Disneyland and then Walt Disney Studios.
Scott helped launch celebrations for Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday and Disneyland’s 25th anniversary and did publicity for such films as The Rescuers (1977), Pete’s Dragon (1977) and The Fox and the Hound (1981).
He went on to work as an executive at Fox, Columbia, MGM, Universal and Rogers & Cowan and serve as a unit publicist on Steven King’s Graveyard Shift (1990) and on the telefilm The Neon Empire (1991).
Scott graduated from Venice High School, then earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Iowa.
A longtime member of the Publicists Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he retired from the industry in 1992 and launched a packing and shipping business in Burbank that he ran until last year.
Survivors include sons Jason, a professor of film at Arizona State University, and Evan; his ex-wife, Ingrid; his longtime companion, Kay; and three grandchildren.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
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