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Hal Riney

Born: Jul 17, 1932

Death: Mar 24, 2008

Birthplace: Seattle

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Hal Riney

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1932
Date of Death : Mar 24, 2008
Birth Place : Seattle

Hal Patrick Riney was an American advertising executive. Founder of Publicis & Hal Riney, Riney was named #30 on the Advertising Age 100 people of the 20th century. He was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2001. Riney grew up in Longview, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1954. After serving two years in the United States Army doing public relations in Italy, he joined BBDO San Francisco, moving from the mail room to head art director and finally creative director in 1968. In 1970, he hired Paul Williams to write a song for a Crocker Bank commercial, which was later recorded by The Carpenters and become the hit "We've Only Just Begun". In 1976 he joined Ogilvy & Mather, building their West Coast office from scratch. In 1984, Riney created and did voiceover for the noted "Morning in America" and "Bear in the Woods" television commercials for the successful Ronald Reagan 1984 Presidential re-election campaign. After creating the Bartles & Jaymes campaign for E & J Gallo Winery, Riney resigned, but soon won the launch for Saturn Corporation. The agency was sold to Publicis in 1998.


  • Film Producer
  • Businessperson

Also known as

  • Hal Patrick Riney
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