Johnny Grant

Johnny Grant
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Johnny Grant
Special: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Johnny Grant
TV: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Radio Personality | Television Personality | TV Host
Born May 9, 1923 in Goldsboro, N.C.
Died Jan. 9, 2008 in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, CA

Johnny Grant visited Hollywood in 1943 as a star-struck serviceman and returned to carve out a niche first as a radio and television personality and then as its honorary mayor and foremost booster.

In a seven-decade career, Grant hosted an early television game show, covered Hollywood on radio and TV, worked as a disc jockey and acted in movies and on the small screen. But it was as Tinseltown cheerleader that he became a celebrity himself.

Grant hosted hundreds of Walk of Fame inductions, being photographed alongside a succession of stars as their names were immortalized on the sidewalks of Hollywood.

Like his friend Bob Hope, Grant traveled the world to take Hollywood to the troops, emceeing shows in Guantanamo Bay, South Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon and Bosnia.

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