Archerd, a Jewish American, graduated from UCLA in 1941 and was hired by Variety to replace columnist Sheilah Graham (former girlfriend of F.
Archerd has broken countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of who's in the hospital, who's just been married and who's given birth.
Archerd is also a strong proponent of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Holocaust awareness; he frequently railed against Elia Kazan's special Academy Award for the 1998 ceremonies and has often written critically of the National Rifle Association.
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