Exec was chairman of Hollywood Walk of Fame

Longtime Mann Theaters exec Bill Hertz, who also chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Aug. 18 in Los Angeles after heart surgery. He was 84.

Hertz served as master of ceremonies for the handprint presentations at Mann’s Chinese Theater for 20 years and was chairman and master of ceremonies of the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 14 years.

Born in Wishek, N.D., Hertz started his motion picture career in 1939 as an usher while attending the U. of Minnesota. After serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, he came to California, where he started with Fox West Coast Theaters as a theater manager. He rose through the ranks as National General took over Fox Theaters, rising to director of theater operations after Ted Mann purchased National General

More recently, he served as director of marketing and public relations for Mann Theaters, and continued as a consultant after his retirement. He was twice named Showman of the Year by the National Assn. of Theater Owners.

In 1999, Hertz’s own prints were immortalized in the courtyard at the Chinese Theater in commemoration of his service.

Hertz also served as president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Santa Claus Lane Parade and was active in charities including the Variety Club and the Show Business Shrine Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, two sons, a daughter, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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