Variety's Army Archerd Dies at 87

by Anne Thompson
September 9, 2009 1:53 AM
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Variety columnist Army Archerd has died at age 87 of a rare cancer. It marks the end of an era. He was a lovely man. We should all keep going so long.

Nobody is going to do a better job of writing about Army than Variety editor-in-chief Timothy Gray. Here's the LAT and The Wrap.

I had the privilege of knowing Army for some 20 years. He was a civilized pro who defined an older, gentler era of entertainment journalism. When he gave up writing the print column at Variety after a record 52-year run, he wrote a blog, and kept a loyal online following until he stopped filing daily from his Variety office in mid-July. I salute you, sir. May I carry some of your integrity and gentility with me, always.

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  • JANET | December 31, 2009 2:24 AMReply

    Army Archerd had his writing ability and in his private life
    always with his loving wife at his side. Army was A brilliant man and is a great loss to the entertainment world.

  • Sergio | September 10, 2009 3:10 AMReply

    One of my favorite things was to read Archerd's column in the Daily Variety. No one had the pulse of Hollywood better than he did. He was truly the last of his kind. One of the all time Hollywood greats

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