Hal Ross, whose career in television as a talent and literary agent spanned nearly 50 years, died July 30 in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Ross co-founded the Ziegler-Ross Agency, where he was a pioneer in the television-packaging business and was also one of the first agents to represent a major sports figure when he negotiated Sandy Koufax’s blockbuster deal with NBC Sports in 1967. During that time, he packaged such hits as “The Daniel Boone Show,” “Medical Center” and “MASH.”
A native Angeleno he attended Fairfax High School and UCLA before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He later joined the William Morris Agency as senior vice president where he plied his talents until his retirement in 1997.
In 2005 he produced the feature version of “The Honeymooners.”
Ross served as prexy of the Los Angeles Convention Center Authority, trustee of the Otis Art Institute, was a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Beaches Commission. He was also a long-time member of the U.S. Selective Service Commission.
He was a sailor and his lifetime love of the ocean led him to move to Malibu in 1967. He delighted in his early morning swims for many years.
Survivors include wife Marcia, two sons, a stepdaughter and stepson, plus five grandchildren.