L.A.'s honorary mayor Johnny Grant, Jan. 9

L.A.'s honorary mayor Johnny Grant, Jan. 9 Johnny Grant, the avuncular honorary mayor of Hollywood who traveled the world as Tinseltown's No. 1 cheerleader for more than a half-century, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. He was 84. Grant was perhaps best known as the jolly host alongside more than 500 celebrities he inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (He has his own star, at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.) The lifelong bachelor lived in a 14th-floor suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and 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." Grant is shown here getting a hug from actress Halle Berry at a Hollywood function in April 2007.
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