John Gilroy, Emmy-winning late-night producer best known for his work on “The Dick Cavett Show,” died Sept. 10 of leukemia in Bradenton Beach, Fla. He was 69.
From 1971-75, Gilroy produced ABC’s “The Dick Cavett Show,” helping to book guests including Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Latenight show was nominated for four Emmys during Gilroy’s term, taking home two.
Before his stint on Cavett’s talkshow, Gilroy was an associate producer on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” where he began working closely with comedic talent. He would use those skills throughout his long career, as producer of HBO’s “On Location” specials with Alan King and Robert Klein, and talkshows hosted by David Steinberg and Richard Belzer.
Gilroy is survived by his son, a grandson, a sister and several nieces and nephews.