Longtime talent agent Neil Bagg died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with ALS commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2012, according to a statement from Don Buchwald & Associates where Bagg worked as an agent for 16 years representing actors in film, television and theatre. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959, Bagg grew up with a love for the arts. At the age of 17, he hosted a popular talk show in South Africa, called PULSE. He moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he received his BA and later his MFA. Setting his sights on acting, he was cast in the play, Viva Vittorio, at the Mark Taper Forum opposite Vittorio Gassman, following the production to Broadway. He then banded together with a small group of fellow actors who would pose as managers and submit each other on projects. He was so successful at finding work for his friends that he applied for and got a job in the William Morris training program. From there he went on to work as an agent at Contemporary Artists, The Agency, Susan Smith & Associates and finally Don Buchwald & Associates where he worked until he left on medical leave in the summer of 2012. Colleagues of Neil’s described him as “a devoted father with a sensitive soul and a wicked sense of humor; a true raconteur and mensch”. A memorial service is being planned.
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