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In memory of
John Walter Rentsch
John Walter Rentsch, former Director of International Marketing and Publicity for Paramount Pictures' motion picture division, has died. He was 67. The highly respected executive died on March 12 in his Palm Springs home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Born on January 14, 1952 in Horsham, Australia, to Wally and Betty Rentsch. Wally owned an electrical contracting business. Betty was a homemaker. After completing his studies at Horsham Technical, John joined "The Australian" newspaper in Melbourne covering the political aspects of local government. John's coverage was noticed by executives and he was transferred to Manhattan in 1976 where he began writing for the New York Post. The majority of his coverage was also published in Australia. Eventually he began covering New York's entertainment scene. In 1979 Murdoch launched "The Star" newspaper, and John was transferred to Los Angeles to activate the newspaper's entertainment coverage. His copy was objective as well as favorable, and he began interacting with studio and personal publicists. He was quickly invited to participate in the various studios' press junkets. The Screen Actors Guild went on strike in 1980. John's Australian editor did not understand the lack of copy and decided to recall John to Australia. Instead, John took a position at Dennis Davidson & Associates where he wrote press releases and film press kits. In 1984 he segued to Lorimar Motion Pictures as a temporary publicist in the international division. In 1987 he was hired by Paramount Pictures where he remained until 2002. The films he guided to international recognition include "Brave Heart," "Titanic," The Hunt for Red October," "The Butcher's Wife," "The Accused," "The Adams Family" and "Mission Impossible." A master of reinvention, John and his spouse, Carl Levine, opened The Barracks, an extremely high-profile leather bar in Cathedral City in late 2002. He retired in 2012. John loved to travel and he and Carl took many a Cunard cruise to Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and Alaska. John Walter Rentsch is survived by his husband of 37 years, Carl Levine, his sister Sue, brother Mark, 4 nephews and 2 nieces. A Celebration of John Rentsch's life is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th in Rancho Mirage, California.
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In memory of
John Walter Rentsch
John Walter Rentsch, former Director of International Marketing and Publicity for Paramount Pictures' motion picture division, has died. He was 67. The highly respected executive died on March 12 in his Palm Springs home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Born on January 14, 1952 in Horsham, Australia, to Wally and Betty Rentsch. Wally owned an electrical contracting business. Betty was a homemaker. After completing his studies at Horsham Technical, John joined "The Australian" newspaper in Melbourne covering the political aspects of local government. John's coverage was noticed by executives and he was transferred to Manhattan in 1976 where he began writing for the New York Post. The majority of his coverage was also published in Australia. Eventually he began covering New York's entertainment scene. In 1979 Murdoch launched "The Star" newspaper, and John was transferred to Los Angeles to activate the newspaper's entertainment coverage. His copy was objective as well as favorable, and he began interacting with studio and personal publicists. He was quickly invited to participate in the various studios' press junkets. The Screen Actors Guild went on strike in 1980. John's Australian editor did not understand the lack of copy and decided to recall John to Australia. Instead, John took a position at Dennis Davidson & Associates where he wrote press releases and film press kits. In 1984 he segued to Lorimar Motion Pictures as a temporary publicist in the international division. In 1987 he was hired by Paramount Pictures where he remained until 2002. The films he guided to international recognition include "Brave Heart," "Titanic," The Hunt for Red October," "The Butcher's Wife," "The Accused," "The Adams Family" and "Mission Impossible." A master of reinvention, John and his spouse, Carl Levine, opened The Barracks, an extremely high-profile leather bar in Cathedral City in late 2002. He retired in 2012. John loved to travel and he and Carl took many a Cunard cruise to Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and Alaska. John Walter Rentsch is survived by his husband of 37 years, Carl Levine, his sister Sue, brother Mark, 4 nephews and 2 nieces. A Celebration of John Rentsch's life is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th in Rancho Mirage, California.
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