Film journalist Ron Holloway dies

Contributed to THR, Variety and Financial Times

Veteran film journalist Ron Holloway died Dec. 16 after being ill for several months. He was 76.

Holloway wrote for a host of publications throughout his career, including Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Financial Times, Herald Tribune, the Manchester Guardian and Moving Pictures, where he was the magazine's Berlin-based European and Asian festival correspondent for the past five years.

Holloway also published his own journal, KINO German Film & International Reports, on which he collaborated with his wife, Dorothea.

A native of Peoria, Ill., Holloway received a Ph. D. from the University of Hamburg. He and his wife moved to Berlin in 1976 when he became a member of the selection committee for the Berlin International Film Festival. The two were festival staples ever since.

"Not only was he a fine journalist and an invaluable resource, but a nicer man you'll not find," Moving Pictures editor Howard Burns said.

In 2007, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick honored the Holloways with the Berlinale Camera Award.

Other honors included a Rockefeller Scholarship, the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Cross of Merit), Polish Rings, Cannes Gold Medaille, the American Cinema Foundation Award, the Diploma for Support of Russian Cinema and an honorary award from the German Film Critics' Assn.