Leonard Grant, longtime talent manager and producer, died Fridayat his home in Hancock Park of complications following lung surgery. He was 68.
He was a personal manager for more than 30 years, with a client roster that included Ann-Margret, Liberace, Burt Bacharach, June Lockhart, Elke Sommer and George Marharis.
A native of the Bronx, he was educated in the New York public school system and served in the Armed Forces in Japan.
He began his entertainment career producing commercials for the Emil Mogul ad agency, and followed by producing a Sunday morning children’s TV program, after which he co-produced the then-controversial New York stage hit “Oh! Calcutta!” and the New York and Los Angeles stage productions of “Big Time Buck White.”
He relocated to Los Angeles and became one of the original owners of West Hollywood’s Studio One and created the Back Lot. In Las Vegas, he produced shows at most of the major hotels and built a state-of-the-art nightclub and showroom called Scandals in Hollywood.
In recent years, he was associated with producer-director John Bowab in producing galas for the Thalians charity in Hollywood.
He was married and divorced from Steffi Skolsky, daughter of the late Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky. He is survived by two sisters and four nephews.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Grant’s name be made to The Actors’ Fund of America, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90036.