The former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, who oversaw the publication during a multifaceted career that included a stint as a cartoon writer for Hanna-Barbera, has died. THR reports that Frank Barron died Monday of natural causes after a short stay in a hospice facility in North Hills, Calif. He was 98.
Barron’s two stints as THR editor, from 1964-1968 and again in the late 1970s, came after he created the 1950s TV Western “The Man From Blackhawk,” worked as a rock ‘n’ roll publicist and wrote cartoons including “Woody Woodpecker.”
“In between [his two THR stints], he worked for a short time with writer-producer Al Burton developing show ideas for Norman Lear, then served as news director for Billboard Publications’ five magazines from 1968-72,” THR notes, adding: “Barron knew and interviewed show business legends and notables for more than 70 years and kept active until recently, his wife said.”
Barron and his wife, Margie, were married in October 1980 at the Beverly Hills home of actors Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels, the report adds.