Larry Day died Thursday in the intensive care unit at Foothills Medical Center at the age of 69, according to a press release from his company, Pyramid Productions. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Day was recruited while working as a reporter for CKCK-TV Regina in the early 1980s to present the supper hour news to Global Calgary, known at the time as Channels 2 & 7.
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He then set up his own production company, Pyramid Productions, where he developed a number of entertainment shows and had the chance to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams and Harrison. Ford.
According to the Pyramid Productions press release, one of Day’s favorite memories was waiting to interview actor James Gandolfini from the TV series Les Sopranos. Day was waiting for a crowd when a tiny motorbike pulled up in front of it. A husky rider came down and said, “Are you Larry? And then to Day’s surprise, Gandolfini took off his helmet and the two sat down for a relaxed interview.
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Global Calgary News anchor Linda Olsen co-hosted Day and said he will be sorely missed.
“Larry’s great skills and creativity in storytelling and television production are a legacy for Calgary,” she said. “He was warm and sincere and always deeply interested in events around the city and the world and wanted to share these stories.
“I’m grateful to have Larry as a friend and mentor after he hired me at Global Calgary in 1995 and taught me so much. Larry’s wit and dazzling smile have always lit a room and he will be missed.
Today’s shows were distributed in 70 countries around the world
He is survived by his wife, Kirstie McLellan Day, and five children and several grandchildren.