Thomas M. Fortuin, 48, a senior vice president of Paramount Pictures, died at a hospital here. He lived in Laguna Beach, Calif. The cause was complications from AIDS, said his companion, Michael Mickiewicz.

Fortuin was a former assistant U.S. attorney in New York. He started his career as a corporate lawyer in Manhattan for Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander after graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1971.

In 1978, he worked as special counsel to the House of Representatives' Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in its inquiry into charges that Korean officials had bribed members of Congress and the executive branch to sustain support for continuing large-scale military aid to South Korea. The inquiry led to the conviction of former Rep. Richard T. Hannah of California on charges of conspiring to defraud the government.

After several years in private practice, Fortuin moved to California to work for Technicolor Inc., the film processing company. He accepted a job at Paramount in 1988.

After being named senior vice president and deputy general counsel in 1991, Fortuin worked with such television programs as "Entertainment Tonight," "Hard Copy" and "The Arsenio Hall Show."

(Plain Dealer, November 2, 1993 Tuesday, FINAL / ALL)

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