Veteran international sales executive Sandy Cobe died on Feb 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 79.

Cobe's varied career included work in exhibition, sales and production and he served on the board of directors of the AFMA (now IFTA) from 1982 to 1992.

Born in New York City, Cobe was the son of cinematographer Mark Cobe. He followed his father into photography and became a photographer for The New York Daily News and later a news cameraman for local NYC TV channels.

After a period as a combat photograher in the Korean War, he got a degree in Fine Arts from Tulane University and then returned to New York where he managed movie theatres in the Bronx and later the Pepsico Pavilion at the New York World's Fair.

After a stint as a producer at Artmark Pictures, he moved into distribution, first as executive vice president, distribution for New York General Studios and then First Cinema Releasing Corporation,

He started his own company in the late 1960s, Sandy Cobe Productions, which produced features and packaged European films for US distribution.

He 1974, he was named president of Intercontinental Releasing Corp and later became chairman and CEO. He remained with the company until his retirement in 1994, producing films such as Open House, Terminal Entry and Terror Tour.

He is survived by his wife Sharyon and two daughters Donna Cobe, an entertainment attorney, and Lori Cobe-Ross, a casting director.

Services were held on Feb 24 at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Donations can be made to: Disabled American Veterans, Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or online at: