Johnny Grant - Honorary Mayor of Hollywood
May 9, 1923 - January 9, 2008
probably wouldn't know him unless you lived locally. He was a champion of
Hollywood when everyone left. At every Walk of Fame ceremony or the
footprint ceremony at
Chinese Theater The
TCL Chinese Theater, there was Johnny - cheesing for the camera.
you were a beautiful girl, perhaps you got a lecherous stare or an extra
squeeze. Lucky you.
"never married" actor he showed up in movies like White
Christmas and The
Girl Can't Help It.
Usually a cheap knock off of Army Archerd, a Master of Ceremonies type.
He produced some TV shows and showed up in a ton of documentaries as a
was deteriorating in his later years. Something tells me he kinda knew
that his time was up. He threw himself an 84th birthday party. Now,
to quote my friend E, "Who throws themselves an 84th birthday
it never stopped Johnny from showing up to every ceremony or to accept any
lifetime achievement plaque... he to a camera were like a moth to a flame.
took to walking with a cane in his later years. One morning, while
toddling into the Roosevelt Hotel, his home (gratis) for many years, one of the
hotel staff greeted him, "Good morning, Mr. Grant. How are you
response, "I look forward to the day I don't need this anymore"
referring to his cane.
what day it was.
got into the elevator, pushed the button, the doors closed and he was never seen
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, Grant was found sitting in his favorite chair in the
Penthouse of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, dead.
Cause of death: Congestive Heart Failure,
Coronary Artery Disease & Hypertension
He was 84.
Roosevelt's new owners got a boner because they could finally get that
dinosaur's stuff out of the hotel and charge ridiculous amounts of money for the
was cremated and his cremains were scattered over The Hollywood Sign. Public
access to this area is strictly forbidden.
Go ahead and try doing that yourself. See how
quickly the helicopters come.
It's no secret that I never liked the guy. He is remembered with fondness and respect by many.
know the Chamber has no love for me.
since I nicknamed Johnny "Old Pee Hands" because he didn't wash his
hands after using the bathroom at Ann Sheridan's memorial service.
Then grabbed a piece of cake with his bare
My pal Harry Martin shared that priceless
tidbit with me at the service.
But I swear on my life I did not do this.
you old whore.
dinner in the Roosevelt the other night. The plaque above our booth.
of these days I'll tell you about the crazy ghost in the cabana by the pool.
$30,000.00 will get you.