Anthony LeGrand, executive administrator of SAG's Talent Agency Department, suffered what was believed to be a massive heart attack and died on the morning of Aug. 1 while walking to work. LeGrand collapsed in front of Sardi's restaurant on W. 44 St., less than a block from the SAG offices at 1515 Broadway. He was 47.
News of LeGrand's sudden death came as a shock to both his colleagues in the entertainment industry and to others who are closely monitoring the three-month-old SAG commercial strike.
LeGrand was a veteran entertainment union executive. A graduate of Harvard University and Fordham Law, LeGrand spent two years working closely with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. LeGrand then worked as a business representative at Actors' Equity where he spent seven years specializing in Equal Opportunity Employment. At SAG, LeGrand worked with talent agents, who are said to be deeply affected by the ongoing SAG commercial strike.
"Anthony was easily the most positive man I have ever known," said SAG's New York executive director John Sucke. "His professionalism and obvious enjoyment of his work was a great example for all of us. We will miss him terribly."
LeGrand is survived by his father and a cousin. [A memorial service was held on the weekend following LeGrand's death.] -- By Murdoch McBride