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Steven Daniel Reuther (November 2, 1951 – June 5, 2010) was an American producer and executive producer.[1]

Steven Reuther
Steven Daniel Reuther

(1951-11-02)November 2, 1951
DiedJune 5, 2010(2010-06-05) (aged 58–59)
Years active1986–2009
Spouse(s)Actress Helen Shaver (1979–82)
Natalie Zimmerman 89–93

Life and careerEdit

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Reuther came to Los Angeles, California in the late 1970s. He landed his first job in the mailroom at William Morris Agency, quickly becoming the first assistant to Stan Kamen. Leveraging his relationship with Kamen, he worked with such stars as Donald Sutherland, Jon Voight, Goldie Hawn and Sally Field.

He became an expert in film finance and structured numerous movies, pioneering the use of Canadian tax structures[clarification needed].

Reuther served as VP of Galactic Films, where he helped develop Adrian Lyne's 9½ Weeks. He then segued to Vestron Pictures in 1986, serving as the executive producer of Dirty Dancing and other pictures. He then partnered with Arnon Milchan at New Regency developing pictures including Sidney Lumet's Family Business, and War of the Roses. He went on to produce and executive produce more than 35 films in partnership with Milchan, including the 1990 smash Pretty Woman, which launched Julia Roberts. He partnered in a production company with Michael Douglas as Douglas/Reuther Productions.

In 1998, Reuther created Bel-Air Entertainment, and served as its chairman and CEO. While at Bel-Air he was most proud of his movie Pay It Forward, whose title became entered everyday culture. He also shepherded Proof of Life, Sweet November, Rock Star and Collateral Damage.

His feature film credits include Dirty Dancing (1987), Pretty Woman (1990), Sommersby (1993), The Client (1994), and Face/Off (1997), The Rainmaker (1997) and Sweet November (2001)

Reuther died on June 5, 2010 after a battle with cancer at age 59.[2][3] A memorial service was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.[4]


  1. ^ "PASSINGS: Steven Reuther, Yvonne Stevens, Macklin Fleming". Los Angeles Times. June 8, 2010. p. AA6. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ Barnes, Mike (7 June 2010). "Producer, film exec Steven Reuther dies". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ Dickey, Josh (7 July 2010). "Steve Reuther, Producer and Executive Behind 'Pretty Woman,' Dies". The Wrap. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "REUTHER, Steven D. Memorial Service Saturday, June 26, 2010, 11:00 a.m., Self-Realization Fellowship Center, The Lake Shrine/ Windmill Chapel, 17190 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272". Los Angeles Times. June 24, 2010.

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