Robert B. “Bob” Steuer, a director of film production and distribution for more than 50 years, died on Friday, February 5 at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California. He was 86 years old and died of dementia.
Born in New Orleans November 18, 1934, he graduated from Tulane University and moved to the United States Army, ending his service with the rank of second lieutenant. After leaving the army, he fell in love with the broabroadcast and entertainment industries, producing several low-budget feature films, and eventually, teamed up with friends and bought a radio station in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Later aafter purchasing a drive-in that has starred numerous action films from independent distributor American International Pictures, founders Sam Arkoff and James Nicholson drew him to Hollywood, where he was a key AIP executivethe company’s distribution operation until it was sold to Filmways in 1979. During this time he married his wife, whom he met at AIP.
After leaving AIP, he consulted at The production company of Ely and Edie Landau, where he oversaw the release of the critically acclaimed film The chosen one, with Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger. After the film’s release, he joined Film Ventures in 1981 as Executive Vice President, overseeing the we Release and sales abroad nakedmeritorious successfeature films.
In the following years, he held key positions at age 20e Century Fox, Encore Entertainment and more recently, as vice president of production at Premiere Entertainment Services, from which he retired in 2019.
He is survived by his wife Peggy, his son Philip, his daughter Amy (Dickstein), his sister Judy (Hearst), his son-in-law Joseph Dickstein and his granddaughters Cayden Dickstein and Jordan Steuer.