Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Dies at 84

January 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Johnny Grant, the avuncular honorary mayor of Hollywood who traveled the world as Tinseltown’s No. 1 cheerleader for more than a half-century, has died. He was 84.

Grant died just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, apparently of natural causes, said Officer Jason Lee. Grant was found dead on a bed in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Lee said.

Grant was perhaps best known as the jolly host alongside more than 500 celebrities he inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The lifelong bachelor lived in a 14th-floor suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Grant’s mission in life was bringing the Tinseltown story to everyone. He hosted red carpet Oscar arrivals and Walk of Fame festivities, appeared in bit parts in movies, and produced Hollywood’s annual Christmas Parade.

“I feel I have been the luckiest guy in the world,” he often said. “It’s been a pretty good ride.”

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