Samuel M. Rubin


Age: 85

Summary: popcorn promoter and vendor who was best known for introducing popcorn to movie theaters in New York in the 1930's, earning him the nickname "Sam the Popcorn Man" for his role in making popcorn the popular snack at American movie theaters during the Great Depression when theater owners scrambled to make up for reduced ticket prices by turning to "audible edibles" because the appetite of moviegoers was so great that the nation's annual popcorn harvest grew from five million pounds to 100 million pounds from 1934 to 1940.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: May 24, 1918

Died: February 5, 2004

Boynton Beach, Florida