Leo Pillot, former press agent and personal manager to such celebs as Sid Caesar, died April 2 of natural causes at his home in Fort Lee, N.J. He was 85.
In addition to managing Caesar, during his 50-year career Pillot worked with Shari Lewis, Mickey Rooney, Glenn Ford, Joseph Cotton, Al Jolson, Walter Huston, Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.
He started his career in the late 1920s at Paramount, going on to hold positions at Columbia, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and ABC Television.
A book he wrote about press agents in the early days of Hollywood, “Flack,” was being shopped to publishers at the time of his death.
He was active in the Fort Lee community, delivering weekly Kosher Meals on Wheels to the elderly.
He is survived by his brother and sister, his wife, three daughters and a son, Judd Pillot, producer and writer for ABC’s “Coach” for several seasons.
Donations can be made to JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly, N.J. 07670.