Former ICM Talent Agent David Kennedy Dies at 73

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Kennedy, who was the head of television at New York-based ICM for 12 years, died on June 14 in Los Angeles from complications of a knee-replacement surgery.

David Kennedy, the former ICM talent agent and longtime television executive, has died. He was 73.

Kennedy, who was the head of television at New York-based ICM for 12 years, died on June 14 in Los Angeles from complications of a knee-replacement surgery, a representative for FX confirmed.

During his time at ICM, Kennedy was an agent to Robin Williams, Dick Clark, Marvin Hamlisch, Eddie Murphy, Lorne Michaels, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Debbie Allen, Lucie Arnaz, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) and Joe Piscopo, among others.

In 1984, he became senior vp programming at Pearson Television and its subsidiary, Reg Grundy Productions. He also was senior vp programming sales at Taft Entertainment Co.

He then became president of Dan Curtis Productions, where he was the executive producer of CBS’ 2005 movie Saving Millie, based on Morton Kondracke’s book about Parkinson’s disease. He also was the executive producer for Showtime’s Our Fathers, a TV movie about the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.

In 2012, Kennedy produced the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Kennedy was in development with Depp and his production company, Infinitum Nihil, on an untitled Dr. Seuss film as well as a remake of the TV series Kolchack: The Night Stalker.

Kennedy also had been working on several television projects for FX Networks, including How to Survive a Plague, based on David France’s 2012 documentary, and A Perfect Terrorist with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was born in Stamford, Conn., to the late J. Walter Kennedy, the former commissioner of the NBA, and the late Marion McRedmond Kennedy. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the track team. Following college, he worked at NBC Sports and, at age 22, produced the first live broadcast of America’s Cup.

Kennedy is survived by wife Barbara, two stepsons and five step-grandchildren.

A memorial is planned in the fall. Donations can be made to the Amanda Foundation.

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