Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of Screen Actors Guild member and activist Johnny Grant, who was a leader in the clean up and redevelopment of Hollywood and a proponent of professional actors.
Grant died Wednesday, January 9. He was 84.
The charismatic Grant was best known in recent years as the "mayor of Hollywood." He chaired the Hollywood Historic Trust, which is responsible for the stars that actors receive on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Grant's long career in entertainment included jobs as a reporter, game show host of "Stop the Clock" and disc jockey, as well as film and television roles featuring him in similar professions, or as himself. He received two Emmys, including the Academy of Television Arts and Science's Los Angeles Area Governors Award. He was also a dedicated ambassador for the USO, entertaining servicemen overseas.
In October, Grant helped bestow the prestigious Award of Excellence Star to SAG in honor of the Guild's 75 years as a labor organization working on behalf of actors' interests.
"I once said I'm not going to leave until I give every actor in town a star, and today I've done that," Grant told the crowd at the unveiling ceremony.