L.A. Adman Robert Colombatto, 76, Dies

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Robert “Collie” Colombatto could recognize talent “like no other,” according to a former agency colleague.

“He’d hire [a person] who looked like someone he’d want to have working for him,” said Brad Ball, who started working with Colombatto at Davis, Johnson, Mogul & Colombatto and later became a partner. “And 99 percent of the time, he was right.”

Colombatto, a Los Angeles advertising legend who made his mark with campaigns for McDonald’s, Ralphs Groceries and KABC-TV, died Sept.

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