Veteran talent agent John Kimble — who helped get George Clooney a job on “ER” and put Matthew Perry on “Friends” — is ankling as head of talent for the William Morris Agency.
Kimble, who’s spent the past 10 years of his three-decade career at WMA, asked to be let out of his contract early. He said he’s getting out of the representation business altogether.
“I want to do anything but be an agent or manager,” he said. “I’ve done it for almost 30 years, and I’m ready to stop now.”
Instead, Kimble is looking to “get into the creative end of the business,” most likely as a producer. He hasn’t yet finalized any specific plans.
“There are just so many changes going on in the television business, and I’m fortunate to be able to try to do something new and different,” Kimble said.
WMA worldwide head of television Sam Haskell praised Kimble for representing “the best in all of us.”
“John Kimble’s honesty, loyalty and integrity reflect the standards by which all agents should be judged,” Haskell added.
Kimble’s client list includes thesps such as Julie Andrews, Delta Burke, Ann-Margret, Emilio Estevez, Brooke Shields, Lea Thompson, Cary Elwes and Rachel Ward.
Previously, tenpercenter was Henry Winkler’s agent when the thesp was cast as the Fonz on “Happy Days” and he helped broker Jane Curtin’s first deal for “Saturday Night Live.” Kimble also repped Linda Hamilton in her deal for “T2: Judgment Day” and helped Joan Collins land on “Dynasty.”
Kimble joined WMA in 1992 following the sale of Triad to WMA. Kimble helped launch Triad, which was born in the mid-1980s as the result of a merger between DHKPR, Regency Artists and lit agency Adams, Ray and Rosenberg.
In 1977, Kimble partnered with Gene Parseghian to create Kimble/Parseghian. He had been with Writers & Artists.
Appropriately, Kimble’s career began where so many other top agents have started out: in the WMA mailroom.