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Trump's First Publicist, Actor Larry Sherman, Dies (Photo)

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Character actor and former publicist for President Donald Trump, Larry Sherman, died of natural causes Aug. 26 at the age of 94.

Larry was an extra on a number of classic films and television shows, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In "North by Northwest," he played a taxi driver who drove Cary Grant away from the United Nations.

His longest serving role was Judge Colin Fraser on "Law and Order," delivering "guilty" or "not guilty" verdicts for over 20 years. More recently, he worked as a stand-in for USA's "Royal Pains" and walked on for comedy bits for late night television shows like "The Colbert Report" and "The Late Show With David Letterman."

"My father was a glorified extra," said his son, publicist Charles Sherman.

Larry graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in theater in journalism, Variety reports. He moved to New York, where he made his career as a sports journalist for the Long Island Press in 1952.

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When the paper shut down 25 years later, he became desperate for work.

"He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at The New York Times, I think, who said, ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do PR,'" said his son.

In the 1980s, Trump was trying to launch the United States Football League, a rival league to the NFL that would play during the summer. Larry became the head of publicity for the New Jersey Generals until the USFL shut down in 1985. Although he had no PR experience, he was able to get Trump his first interview on "60 Minutes" as well as his first cover on Sports Illustrated.

Although Larry was described as "a very liberal guy," he had nothing but praise for Trump throughout the years.

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"There is a part of Trump that is so caring, so compassionate and very loyal. I can honestly say we would have lost our house -- everything -- if it hadn’t been for him," said Charles. "Trump took a liking to my dad, who had no PR experience, and hired him on the spot. They were both hard workers, and got along really well."

Charles, who currently works in Los Angeles, said that he would run into Trump at a number of celebrity events. The two also crossed paths at a presidential debate in San Clemente.

"'Great, great, guy! Love Larry,'" Charles recalls Trump telling him. "'Best PR guy I ever had.'"

Larry is survived by his wife, Marion, his two children Charles and Flory, and his two grandchildren. 

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety / Featured Image: Jonelle B./Flickr / Embedded Images: Charles Sherman Public Relations via The Hollywood Reporter, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library via Wikimedia Commons

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