Al Ebner, Veteran Film Publicist, Dies at 86

He did PR at United Artists and Universal and worked on 'Jaws' and 'Cocoon'

Al Ebner, former head of publicity at United Artists, died Oct. 16 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund home in Woodland Hills. He was 86.

Ebner worked on nearly 30 feature films during the course of more than two decades, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws and its sequel, Cocoon and The Trial of Billy Jack. He also served as vp publicity for Universal Pictures.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Ebner attended the University of Missouri before serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, when he eventually became the sports editor for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. 

After receiving an honorable discharge, Ebner moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a publicist.

Survivors include his brother Richard, children Beth, Mark and Brett and grandchildren JadeQuenton, Cassandra, Brooke, Austin, Connor and Chase.

The family asks that any donations in Ebner’s memory be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.