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* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) CHARLIZE THERON with JOHNNY GRANT receiving a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' Hollywood, California - 29.09.05

Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Halle Berry and Johnny Grant, Samuel L. Jackson (back) Halle Berry receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame held in front of the Kodak Theatre Hollywood, California - 03.04.07

Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra
Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra
Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Johnny Grant Harry Potter handprint, footprint, and wand ceremony held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California - 09.07.07

Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Johnny Grant Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood, California - 09.02.07

Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Johnny Grant and Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood, California - 16.04.07

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Johnny Grant, Jamie Fox and Michael Mann Jamie Foxx is honored with the 2,347th Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame outside the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, California - 14.09.07

* HOLLYWOOD'S 'MAYOR' GRANT DIES AT 84 Hollywood's honorary mayor JOHNNY GRANT has died at the age of 84. Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday (09Jan08) evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes. Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War II, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day. After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station WINS - going on to host the first national telethon with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in 1952. In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby. He also had a part with William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar. Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978. He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip. (LR/WNWA&LT/) Johnny Grant, Hilary Swank Hilary Swank honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California - 08.01.07

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