Dave Robb Cause of Death, Veteran Hollywood Labor Reporter

Remembering Dave Robb: Veteran Hollywood Labor Reporter Dies at 74

The Hollywood community is mourning the loss of veteran Hollywood labor reporter Dave Robb, who spent over four decades covering the industry for The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Deadline. Robb, aged 74, passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home after a battle with inoperable brain stem cancer. This article pays tribute to his remarkable career and contributions to the world of entertainment journalism.



Dave Robb, a tenacious investigative journalist, played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Hollywood labor reporting. His journey began in 1979 when he joined The Hollywood Reporter as an editorial assistant, marking the first of his five stints with the publication. Over the years, Robb’s gruff yet genial demeanor and dedication to breaking news stories earned him respect in the industry.

Robb’s career included a decade-long stint at Variety starting in 1982, where he continued his impactful coverage of Hollywood labor issues. His investigative skills and ability to uncover compelling stories were evident throughout his career. Former editor Alex Ben Block shared on Facebook that Robb’s brilliance often led him to stories that were both amazing and groundbreaking.


In 2001, Robb left The Hollywood Reporter when his story about allegations of unethical behavior by party columnist George Christy was not published. Despite this, Robb’s commitment to his craft persisted as he continued to cover prominent strikes, including those involving the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, in his final year.

Beyond his work with leading industry publications, Robb authored several books, including “Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies” (2004) and “The Stuntwoman: The True Story of a Hollywood Heroine” (2012).

Dave Robb’s legacy extends beyond journalism, as he was a member of five unions himself, reflecting his deep connection to the industry. Born on May 12, 1949, Robb’s commitment to truth and integrity earned him respect among peers and readers alike.

Survived by his wife, Kelly, Dave Robb leaves behind a legacy of groundbreaking journalism and a commitment to uncovering the truth. The Hollywood community and beyond mourn the loss of a dedicated reporter who played a crucial role in shaping the narrative of Hollywood labor issues.

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In memory of Dave Robb, we reflect on his impactful career as a veteran Hollywood labor reporter. His dedication to investigative journalism and commitment to uncovering the truth have left an indelible mark on the industry. The thoughts and condolences of the entertainment community go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this time of loss.

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