An actor and former journalist who was the first publicist for Donald Trump has died. The AP reports that Larry Sherman died Saturday of natural causes. He was 94.
Sherman’s death was confirmed by his son, entertainment publicist Charles Sherman.
“Sherman was an out-of-work sports journalist with no experience in publicity in 1982 when he applied for the job of public relations head for the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League,” the AP reports. “Trump, then a real-estate magnate and the owner of the franchise, ‘didn’t care that he had never worked in public relations, and hired him on the spot,’ his son said.”
Sherman had previously been a journalist at the Long Island Press, Newsday and the New York Herald Tribune.
“His earliest vocation was that of an actor, and during a career that spanned throughout his lifetime, he logged numerous credits in films ranging from ‘North by Northwest’ in 1959 (in which he played Cary Grant’s cab driver) and ‘Midnight Cowboy’ in 1969 (as a homeless man who drops dead on the street in front of Jon Voight’s Joe Buck character) to his final film appearance, ‘The Comedian’ with Robert De Niro, in 2016,” the story reports. “He also made repeated appearances as a judge on TV’s ‘Law & Order.'”