Veteran film critic Leonard Klady has died after a brief illness. Klady was a staff writer/critic/columnist for such publications as Variety, the Los Angeles Times, American Film and Entertainment Weekly. He was the box office reporter for moviecitynews.com for the last 18 years, a senior contributing editor of Screen International and a critic and columnist for Below the Line.
Born in Canada, Klady was a founding member and first president of the film co-operative the Winnipeg Film Group. He wrote prolifically about the Canadian film industry and was host of a national arts television series prior to relocating to the United States in 1985. He also produced and wrote several award winning shorts and radio and television programs. He was working with the BBC at his passing.
Peter Bart, who was Klady’s editor-in-chief at Variety, praised Klady’s passion, knowledge and commitment.
“No Variety staffer ever cared more deeply about film and the filmmaking process than Len Klady. He worked diligently at his craft and always enlightened office debates about the foibles of Hollywood.”
Jeffrey Wells, writing on the Hollywood Elsewhere blog, said he knew Klady “for 32 or 33 years, minimum. Not as a close friend but I sure as hell knew him in a kind of invited-to-the-same-press-event bon ami sense…”hey, Len,” the usual party chit-chat, sussing it all out, walla-walla, etc. A dark cloud over Canada. Hugs and condolences for his friends and Movie City News colleagues, and especially Len’s wife, critic and author Beverly Walker, whom I’ve also known for ages. Huge shock, very sorry. A heavy smoker, Len had been sick for a couple of months. At-home hospice care. Passed away this morning.”
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A funeral service will be held January 29 at 12:30 PM at Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.