Legendary Hollywood talent agent Ed Limato has died. He was on the list for a lung transplant, but the wait was too long. He fell into coma this week and died. He was 73.
Here is the William Morris talent agent’s obituary, as given to Deadline Hollywood by a friend. It will give you a good glimpse into Limato’s life, work, reputation and personality, and his impact on Hollywood.
“Ed Limato was in a class by himself — an iconoclast, as Vanity Fair once called him — a talent agent who glided through Hollywood with poise and panache. He hearkened back to the Golden Age, a time when men were more refined and elegant, as if he were preparing for an evening at the Mocambo. Yet despite his reverence for Hollywood of yore, his client list kept him active and relevant into the 21st century. He was as colorful as he was powerful. Always handsomely coiffed and impeccably dressed, Limato would promenade into the office wearing Italian suits of mustard yellow or salmon pink, rallying to his assistants, ‘Let’s talk to the stars.’
]]>“Limato’s love for old Hollywood was not just apparent in his
demeanor. His Coldwater Canyon Estate, known as “Heather House”, was
built in 1936 by Hollywood stars Dick Powell and Joan Blondell and
later owned by George Raft. The game room was adorned with Hirschfeld
caricatures acquired from the old MGM commissary, and his screening
room was named after Marlene Dietrich. He even gave his assistants a
list of classic Hollywood films that they were to watch and report back
to him with analysis.
“Limato is the last of the great talent agents — a breed that
dwindled with the loss of Stan Kamen and Irving ‘Swifty’ Lazar. Over
the years, his client list read like a who’s who of Hollywood legends
and Oscar winners, including Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, Wynona Ryder, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kevin
Costner, Goldie Hawn, Dennis Quaid, Madonna, Nicolas Cage, Robert
Downey, Jr., and Liam Neeson. To Limato, his clients were less business
and more family. Instead of family photographs in his living room, he
kept exquisitely framed headshots of every actor he ever represented.
Limato could be as obstreperous as any Hollywood bad boy, throwing
tantrums and hanging up the phone on the most powerful players.
However, he would often follow up with an apology or bouquet of flowers.”
RIP, Ed. You will be missed. You are irreplaceable.
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