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Byron Palmer passed away September 30, 2009. He was born June 21, 1920 to former Hollywood Citizen News owner and publisher, Judge Harlan G. Palmer and Ethelyn Hunkins Palmer. The second of four children, Byron, lived most of his life in the Hollywood area.

He began his professional career in show business with acting assignments on the NBC and CBS radio stations. Byron's first big break in show business came in 1948 when, at the age of 28, Byron landed the singing lead with Ray Bolger in Broadway's hit musical "Where's Charley?" He got his start in motion pictures in 20th Century-Fox's new movie "Tonight We Sing"…based on the life story of Sol Hurok. He co-starred with Majorie Main and Perry Kilbride in "Ma and Pa Kettle in Waikiki"; with Jack Palance and Frances Bavier in "Man in the Attic" and with Walter Brennan and Margaret O'Brien in "Glory". On television, Byron co-starred in the CBS TV series, "Make Mine Music". He served as co-star of the TV-film series, "This is Your Music", and as co-host of the NBC-TV program, "Bride and Groom". He also acted as Master of Ceremonies for the world-famous "Miss Universe" and "Miss International Beauty" Pageants.

Byron is survived by a daughter Linda Chapman of Roseville, CA and a son Gregory Palmer of Merriam, KS.

Funeral and interment services will be held Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 6, 2009
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