Julian Myers, Well-Known Showbiz Publicist, Dies at 95

Julian Myers dead

Praiser was treasured for his personality and links to Hollywood history

Julian Myers, the well-known longtime entertainment publicist who worked with stars including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, died Saturday at 95.

Known for his good humor, smart wardrobe and old school stunts, he told Variety in 1992 — past most people’s retirement age — that he was opening “round-the-clock” offices, saying he would “be available at any hour seven days a week, to the media, clients and anyone else with an urgent need for a publicist.”

After graduating USC, Myers started as a publicist at Fox in 1948 and went on to work with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Cary Grant, John Wayne and Monroe, for whom he was “backup publicist.” He stayed at Fox in charge of national newspaper and fan magazine contacts until 1961 when he opened his own publicity firm. In the 1980s, he served as exec VP at Hanson & Schwam P.R.

His wife Patsy died in October.

When Myers received the Publicists Guild special award of merit in 1998, his longtime friend, Variety’s Army Archerd, noted that he would again run the L.A. Marathon, at 80.

He was active long after retirement, writing numerous letters to the editor and keeping in touch with former colleagues and journalists. An avid runner, he competed at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah until last year. With his wife, he created a friendship holiday, Amigo Day, and at 90 years old, ran 90 miles from San Diego to L.A.

For more than 35 years, he taught entertainment publicity at UCLA, where he handed out a long list of pointers for aspiring publicists with tips such as networking at running events and sending thank you notes. He also taught for many years at Loyola Marymount.

He is survived by two sons, Eric and Jon.

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  1. EK says:

    A true gentleman and a great example of how PR can be handled with charm and intelligence. He loved the biz and his role in it. His like does not exist today and will not be repeated in the cut throat snarky world in which we now find ourselves.

  2. Julian Myers was my mentor at Hanson & Schwam and I learned so much from him. Sincere condolences to his sons Jon & Eric. Julian will never be far from my thoughts – he meant so much to me. I will never forget him – he was always the consummate gentleman. Good night sweet prince and may flights of angles sing thee to thy rest.

  3. jm says:

    Mr. Meyers appeared as a guest on, Breaking In, a radio show hosted by myself and Rick Shoemaker on KFWB. At 92, he was a true character with great energy, humor and insights into the rich tapestry of showbiz. Thank you Julian.

    Jeff Maxwell

  4. alex g says:

    Adios, teach. You were one of my favorite.

  5. Julien was a great guy that was a personal friend for years — He lived a great life R.I. P Julien

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