Larry McCormick, a veteran journalist who broke color barriers in Southern California media circles, died on Aug. 27. Cause of death was not released. He was 71.
The Kansas City, Mo., native studied theater arts and broadcasting at what is now the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He worked a short stint as a disc jockey and community relations director at KPRS-FM before relocating to Los Angeles in 1958.
McCormick’s smooth voice earned high ratings on several local radio stations, but it was his handsome face and professional demeanor that made him a charismatic presence in front of the camera. When he joined KCOP-TV in 1969, McCormick was one of the city’s first black newscasters.
He moved to KTLA-TV in 1971 and spent the next 30 years steadily working his way up the ranks from weathercaster and health/fitness reporter to news anchor. Until he took ill, McCormick co-anchored the station’s “News at Ten: Weekend Edition” and hosted the public affairs series “Making It: Minority Success Stories.” He also played a TV anchorman in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Throw Mama From the Train,” “Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Angel” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”
A former president of the Radio & Television Association of Southern California, McCormick won a local Emmy Award and the 1994 Governor’s Award. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6420 Hollywood Blvd.