Los Angeles Television Icon, Sam Rubin, Passes Away At 64


Sam Rubin, the veteran entertainment anchor for KTLA in Los Angeles, has passed away at the age of 64, as announced by fellow anchor Frank Buckley during Friday’s broadcast.

Known for his extensive coverage of Hollywood and celebrity interviews, Rubin was a fixture in the entertainment industry for decades. Additionally, he frequently contributed to international media outlets, including those in Australia and the UK, as noted by Buckley.

Buckley mentioned that Rubin was present at work on Thursday but called in sick on Friday morning. Later reports from KTLA confirmed that Rubin’s family stated he passed away from a heart attack.

“It is such a shock,” KTLA morning anchor Eric Spillman said. “He was one of my best friends. We worked together every day for 33 years.”

Spillman described Rubin as an immensely talented individual who possessed the ability to engage in conversations on a wide array of topics with anyone.

“He was born to be a broadcaster,” Spillman added.

“His laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him,” KTLA shared in a social media tribute. “Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most.”

Rubin’s biography on KTLA.com highlights his tenure with the KTLA Morning News since 1991, during which he earned multiple Emmy Awards. He was also honored with the Golden Mike Award for best entertainment reporter, received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association, and was recognized as the best entertainment reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

In addition to his contributions in the United States, Rubin played a significant role internationally as one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He was a regular presence on BBC television and radio in the UK, as well as Triple M radio and the Channel 9 television network in Australia.