Trump’s 1st pub­li­cist was in ‘ North by North­west’

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NEW YORK — Larry Sher­man, an ac­tor and for­mer jour­nal­ist who also served as Don­ald Trump’s first pub­li­cist, died Satur­day of nat­u­ral causes, ac­cord­ing to his son, en­ter­tain­ment pub­li­cist Charles Sher­man. The elder Sher­man was 94.

Mr. 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. Trump, then a real- es­tate mag­nate and owner of the fran­chise, “didn’t care that he had never worked in public re­la­tions and hired him on the spot,” his son said.

Be­fore that, Mr. Sher­man had made his liv­ing as a jour­nal­ist at the Long Is­land Press, News­day and the New York Herald Tri­bune.

His ear­li­est vo­ca­tion was that of an ac­tor, and he logged nu­mer­ous cred­its in films rang­ing from “North by North­west” in 1959 ( in which he played Cary Grant’s cab­driver) 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. He also made re­peated ap­pear­ances as a judge on TV’s “Law & Or­der.”

“He was a jack- of- all- trades,” Charles Sher­man said. “My dad did it all.”

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