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Christopher Gerard

Christopher Gerard, a former talent agent, playwright and producer, died Dec. 27 of complications from AIDS at his home in New York. He had turned 50 on Christmas Day.

Gerard began his career with the Peggy Schaefer Agency in Los Angeles. He was the director of the Theatrical Division of the MAX Agency in Beverly Hills and eventually opened his own agency, the Creative Group.

His play, “Memories of Riding with Joe Cool,” was produced at the Riverwest Theater in 1985. His last professional engagement was as producer of “A Red Ribbon Christmas” for Geraldo Rivera in 1994.

Gerard was also an ardent activist in the fight against AIDS. He was one of the first Americans to receive Passive Immune Therapy and was instrumental in bringing the treatment to the U.S. from Great Britain.

Gerard is survived by his longtime companion, Joe Tribbie, and his mother, Amanda Sonzogni.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Manhattan Plaza Aids Project, 400 W. 43 St., New York, N.Y. 10036.

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