|Hollywood's Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant
Brief Bio |
Here's Johnny |
Like none other, Johnny
Grant personifies all that is right and good about
Hollywood. We know him as the Mayor of Hollywood,
Mr. Hollywood and one of the last great Showmen. But
whatever you call Johnny, he is without question a
passionate, ebullient and tireless supporter of show
business and the town he loves with no bounds.
Millions around the world know him by his role
immortalizing stars on the Hollywood Chamber of
Commerce's Walk of Fame and casting handprints in
cement at the fabled Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
He has produced and hosted thousands of special
events, including such epics as Hollywood's 100th
birthday extravaganza, the Chamber's Hollywood
Christmas Parade for more than 25 years and the
"Welcome Home Desert Storm" parade, the largest
single-day event in Los Angeles history.
Representing Hollywood, he has made 57 overseas USO
tours to entertain America's men and women in
uniform, even more than his mentor, Bob Hope.
He is currently Chairman of the Walk of Fame
selection committee and the Hollywood Historic
Grant—Honorary Mayor of Hollywood
Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor, Johnny Grant has been
one of the community’s most enthusiastic supporters
for more than 50 years. Currently he serves as a
member of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the Walk of Fame
Selection Committee and the Hollywood Historic Trust
and he has served on the Los Angeles City Fire and
Cultural Heritage Commissions, the County Fire and
Social Service Commission and the Burbank Police
Commission. Mr. Grant was also a White House
appointee to the National USO Board of Governors.
The Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences paid tribute to Mr.
Grant in 1988, awarding him their highest honor, the
Los Angeles Area Governor’s Award. Among his major
awards are the LA Press Club’s “Legends of News
Award,” the Variety Club’s Heart Award, an honorary
doctorate of laws from Pepperdine University, and
the USO Distinguished American Award.
Over the years,
he has chaired hundreds of major events, including
Hollywood’s 100th year celebration, the
Hollywood Christmas Parade, fundraisers for a
variety of humanitarian causes, and events to honor
and support the men and women of the United States
Armed Forces. Indeed, he has emceed more than 5,000
civic and charity events.
Johnny Grant made
his show business debut on the radio in 1939, as a
local newscaster for his hometown radio station,
WGBR in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to a
career as a radio and television announcer and
personality in the late 40s and was host of the TV
game show “Stop the Clock” in New York in 1946.
From 1951 to 1959, he created and hosted Los Angeles
radio station KMPC’s “Freeway Club.”
In 1952, he,
along with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra,
co-hosted the first national telethon ever produced,
a fund-raiser to help send America’s Olympic
athletes to Helsinki. In the mid-sixties, he was
accredited as KMPC’s White House correspondent. From
1969 to 1971, he hosted KTLA-TV’s “Johnny Grant at
During the Second
World War, while serving in the Army Air Corps, he
hosted “Strictly GI,” a radio program for the
military stationed on the East Coast. Mr. Grant is
also a retired Major General in the California State
Military Reserve. Over the years, he has
participated in 57 USO tours for the Armed Services
to such locales as Korea, Viet Nam, the Balkans,
Beirut and Pakistan. In 1991, he created and
produced Hollywood’s “Welcome Home Desert Storm”
Parade, one of the largest single-day events in the
history of Los Angeles.
As an actor Mr.
Grant appeared in such films as “The Babe Ruth
Story, “The Oscar,” “White Christmas” with Bing
Crosby and Danny Kaye, and with Bob Hope in “Beau
James.” Mr. Grant has the distinction of being one
of only a few individuals to have both a Walk of
Fame star and his hand and footprints in front of
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Keynote
LA City College Graduation at Greek Theatre, June
Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, was the keynote
graduation speaker at Los Angeles City College’s
commencement ceremony which took place on
Tuesday, June 6, at the Greek Theatre at 2700 North
Vermont Avenue in Griffith Park. More than 900
students were set to receive their two-year associate
degree from LA City College, the flagship school of
the LA Community College District. Mr. Grant, who
has been instrumental in the revitalization of
Hollywood, will provide words of encouragement to
this year’s graduating class.