×

Entertainment Industry Figures to Attend John McCain’s Memorial Service

WASHINGTON — Actor-director Warren Beatty, and media mogul and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be among the pallbearers at John McCain’s memorial service on Saturday in Washington.

McCain’s memorial service also will feature Renee Fleming singing “Danny Boy,” according to plans released by the McCain family.

Beatty was a longtime friend of McCain’s, and the Arizona senator gave a video tribute to him when he was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2008. Bloomberg also was a friend of McCain’s.

Other pallbearers include Vice President Joe Biden, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former Sen. Gary Hart, businessman Stephen Dart, Pegasus Capital Advisors COO Richard Davis, Carla Eudy, former Sen. Russ Feingold, former Sen. Phil Gramm, Vladimir Kara-Murza, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, author Mark Salter, FedEx founder Fred Smith, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan, a host on “The View,” will deliver a tribute at the start of the service. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are among those who will also speak about McCain.

Popular on Variety

Also attending the memorial will be Harry Sloan, Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp. partner and the former CEO of MGM. Sloan hosted a fundraiser for McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and served as a delegate at the Republican National Convention.

Last year, Sloan, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, his wife Linda Bruckheimer, and CBS’ Les Moonves met with McCain at his office on Dec. 1, pictured above. That was the day that the Senate held a key vote on the tax bill. Sloan, the Bruckheimers, and Moonves serve together on the board of ZeniMax Media Inc., a video game publisher headquartered near Washington, and set up a visit following a board meeting, Sloan said on Monday.

Bruckheimer also supported McCain in 2008 and Moonves has been involved in the McCain Institute. He was among the speakers at its Sedona Forum last year, and participated in a dinner to support an anti-human trafficking initiative spearheaded by Cindy McCain. It was unclear if the Bruckheimers will attend the service. Moonves and his wife Julie Chen plan to attend the memorial, Sloan said.

In one of his last public appearances, McCain attended the Saban Forum in Washington on Dec. 2 with media mogul Haim Saban. The forum is held each year in Washington and focuses on issues of national security and foreign policy.

More Politics

  • John Legend to Boost George Gascon's

    John Legend Rallies Behind L.A. District Attorney Candidate George Gascón

    John Legend is getting involved in another race for district attorney, this time endorsing George Gascón in the campaign for top prosecutor in Los Angeles. Legend is headlining a fundraiser for Gascón on Feb. 5, according to an invitation to the event. Legend is an outspoken supporter of criminal justice reform, and has endorsed a [...]

  • Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie

    Democrats Debate: Warren and Sanders Talk Women and Electability

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred on Tuesday night over the question of electability, as Sanders denied having said that a woman could not win the presidency. Warren said on Monday that Sanders had told her in December 2018 that a woman could not be elected — while Sanders said the claim was “ludicrous.” [...]

  • Cory Booker

    Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race

    Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday morning that he is dropping out of the presidential race, with three weeks to go before the Iowa caucus. In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage, and said he no longer sees a path to victory. “Our campaign has reached [...]

  • Ari Shapiro

    'All Things Considered' Host Ari Shapiro Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

    “All Things Considered” host Ari Shapiro has signed with CAA, Variety has learned. Before serving as one of the hosts of NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine program, Shapiro was NPR’s White House and international correspondent based in London. He was the first NPR reporter promoted to correspondent before the age of 30. “Many of the [...]

  • Jackie Lacey and George Gascon

    Los Angeles D.A. Challenger Questions Timing of Weinstein Rape Charges

    The leading challenger in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney has questioned the timing of rape charges against Harvey Weinstein, saying it “smacks of politics.” District Attorney Jackie Lacey is running for a third term in the March 3 primary election. On Monday, she held a press conference to announce four charges against [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content