Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette
Cossette (far right) posing with Michael Bolton, Kenny G and others in 1990
Pierre Maurice Joseph Cossette

(1923-12-15)December 15, 1923
DiedSeptember 11, 2009(2009-09-11) (aged 85)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s)Television and Broadway producer

Pierre Maurice Joseph Cossette (December 15, 1923 – September 11, 2009)[1][2] was a television executive producer and Broadway producer. Cossette produced the first television broadcast of the Grammy Awards in 1971.[3] He was one of the founders of Dunhill Records.

Cossette was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005. Born in Valleyfield, Quebec, he also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[4]

His autobiography, Another Day In Showbiz: One Producer's Journey, offers his vision of the industry, detailing stars, directors, producers, movies, TV companies, record companies, and the art, creation, and exhibition of stage productions such as The Will Rogers Follies, The Scarlet Pimpernell, and The Voice of Woody Guthrie. In the book, Cossette describes a conversation he had with his personal friend, Donald Trump, about his having cast Marla Maples into his Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies (Maples became Trump's second wife shortly thereafter).

He went from agent to producer with the help and support of entertainment giant Harry Cohn.

Cossette booked shows in Las Vegas, brought The Grammy Awards to TV, and managed performers such as Dick Shawn and Buddy Hackett. His son, John Cossette, became the producer of the Grammy Awards following Pierre Cossette's retirement.[5]

Cossette died from congestive heart failure on September 11, 2009, in Montreal at the age of 85.


  1. ^ Lewis, Randy (September 12, 2009). "Pierre Cossette dies at 85; 'father' of the Grammy Awards telecast". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Cossette, Father of the Grammy Awards, Dies at 85". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 12, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Grammys producer John Cossette dies aged 54". BBC News. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  4. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  5. ^ Gallo, Phill (2011-04-27). "Grammy Awards producer John Cossette dies at 54". Billboard Magazine. Reuters. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2011-05-01.

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