Johnny Grant, the former Los Angeles disc jockey who became "honorary mayor of Hollywood" and boosted the area even as it turned to seed and then began to regrow, died Wednesday at his residence in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a restored Hollywood landmark. He was 84. Grant had been on hand to host most of the (paid for) Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies in which marble slabs bearing celebrities' names are embedded in the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard.



10/01/2008