Johnny Grant Dies At 84
January 10, 2008 at 5:43 AM (PT)
HOLLYWOOD’s honorary mayor, the endearing JOHNNY GRANT who cheered on hundreds of actors as they immortalized their handprints in cement outside the GRAUMAN's CHINESE THEATRE over the years, died WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9th, at the age of 84.
The radio personality and television producer, who remained a bachelor throughout his life, lived in a 14th-floor suite at the HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL. Born in 1923 in GOLDSBORO, NC, GRANT made his show business debut as reporter for a radio station in 1939. He joined the U. S. Army in 1943 and during his service, hosted a special daily show over NEW YORK's WINS Radio, titled “Strictly GI,” which included news of interest to the troops but also interviews with entertainment stars of that period. He then moved to LOS ANGELES, where he worked at KGIL-A and KMPC-A and served as Dir. of Public Affairs at KTLA (TV).