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Hollywood's Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant

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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 Trust.

Johnny Grant—Honorary Mayor of Hollywood

As 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 Universal Studios.”

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.

Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Keynote Speaker at
LA City College Graduation at Greek Theatre, June 6, 2006

Johnny Grant, 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.

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