David Kennedy, Talent Agent Turned Producer, Dies at 73

David Kennedy, Talent Agent Turned Producer,
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David Kennedy, a top talent agent in the 1970s and ’80s who segued into producing, has died. He was 73.

Kennedy died in Los Angeles on June 14 as a result of complications from knee replacement surgery, FX confirmed Wednesday.

Kennedy was most recently developing several projects at FX under a first-look deal with FX Prods., including a narrative take on the 2012 AIDS activism documentary “How to Survive a Plague.”

As a producer he was known for such telepics as CBS’ Emmy-winning 2005 drama “Saving Milly” and Showtime’s “Our Fathers.”

Kennedy spent 12 years as head of TV for ICM, based in New York where he represented such notables as Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, Eddie Murphy, Dick Clark, Debbie Allen and Joe Piscopo. He segued to the production side with his move west to work as senior VP of programming for Pearson Television and Reg Grundy Prods.

Kennedy later became president of Dan Curtis Prods., the shingle behind “Dark Shadows.” He served as a producer of the 2012 Johnny Depp feature rendition of “Dark Shadows.” He’d been developing a redo of another Curtis property, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” with Edgar Wright attached to direct.

Born in Stamford, Conn., Kennedy’s father was the former NBA Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy. The younger Kennedy was a football and track star in high school and college.

After graduating from Notre Dame University, Kennedy was hired by NBC Sports and produced his first TV special at the age of 22, a live broadcast of the America’s Cup yacht race. Kennedy was in the control room for the inaugural Super Bowl telecast in 1967.

During his agenting days, Kennedy was a fixture in New York’s social circles. He was famously asked by New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin to look after a young Joe Namath when the budding superstar first came to New York City.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a brother and a sister, and two stepsons. The family requests that donations be made in Kennedy’s name to the Amanda Foundation (AmandaFoundation.org) or any other charity.

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  1. Kevin Cannon says:

    Sounds like a fine and memorable man and life.
    My condolences to the family.

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