Former ICM Agent Herb Cheyette Dies at 83

He represented Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Geisel and his estate for decades.

Herb Cheyette, a former ICM agent who long represented Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Geisel and his estate, died Oct. 2 of cancer in La Jolla, Calif., the agency announced. He was 83.

Cheyette joined a predecessor agency of ICM after working at Capitol Records and CBS, where he met Geisel and helped develop television specials based on his books.

A graduate of Yale Law School and alumnus of the Yale Drama School, Cheyette negotiated numerous film and television deals on behalf of Geisel, including adaptations of Horton Hears a Who! and The Lorax.

“By sheer survival,” Cheyette said in 2008, “I became the only person at the agency who had a continuing relationship with Ted. I gradually accumulated responsibility for all deals on his behalf.”

Geisel died in September 1991 at age 87 in La Jolla.

Cheyette’s survivors include his wife Marie-Louise, sons Philippe, Benjamin and Daniel and grandchildren Madeleine, Natalie, Jonah, Jacqueline, Anja and Zachary.