Motion picture publicist Leonard Shannon died Oct. 16 of heart failure in Goleta, Calif. He was 88.
A native of Minneapolis, Shannon began his career in 1941 working for Hollywood columnist Harrison Carroll at the Hearst-owned Intl. News Service.
One year later, he joined the MGM Studio publicity department, moving to RKO in 1947, where he worked on several Cary Grant Films.
In 1954, he started at Walt Disney, publicizing many of Disney’s television shows, especially the Davy Crockett one-hour films. He was the unit publicist on films such as “Old Yeller” and “The Third Man on the Mountain.”
In 1961, he became an independent publicist, returning to Disney in 1970, where he spent the next seven years working on such films as “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and “Escape to Witch Mountain.”
Shannon retired in 1977, but continued to write for the Disney Channel Magazine, the Disney News, the Disneylander and other company publications. In 1993, he wrote a book on the history of Disneyland, “Disneyland: Dreams, Traditions and Transitions.”
He is survived by his wife, Netta, a daughter and a sister.
Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.