Chris Huvane, a partner at Los Angeles representation firm Management 360 who was praised by many of his clients, died Sunday. He was 47.
“We are beyond words devastated this morning, Chris was simply ‘the best of the best,'” Management 360’s partners said in a statement. “A brilliant manager, accomplished colleague and friend, a rock to our company and culture, loved by every single person who has ever met him. It is an incalculable loss and our hearts go out to his family and friends. We are all better for knowing Chris and we are committed to honoring his legacy every day in the future.”
Friends and colleagues said he appeared to have taken his own life.
Huvane joined the company in 2010 after leaving his job as GQ magazine’s senior West Coast editor. A native of New York, he was made a partner at Management 360 in 2015.
death was reported first by the entertainment industry news outlet Deadline, which said Huvane had “battled depression for a long time”.
Huvane lived in Los Angeles and grew up in Yonkers, NY. He got to know the business while working as a bellhop at a Manhattan hotel where his brothers had also worked.
While carrying suitcases for celebrities, he met actress Julianne Moore, who later became a client, Huvane recounted “The Homage Podcast.” He moved to LA in 2000 and worked in a variety of roles in the entertainment industry, including publicist, magazine editor, and actor, before becoming a manager. His acting credits included the role of a waiter on an episode of “Sex and the City,” according to IMDbPro.
His experience as an actor made him a better manager, he said, as did his penchant for speaking his mind.
“I think the most important thing for me is that I always have an opinion and I’ve always not been afraid to share it because there isn’t a person on earth I’m not afraid to share my opinion with and it just took off from there,” he said during the April 2020 podcast interview.
“Chris Huvane was a bright light, hardworking and human, loving and so invested in the well-being of others,” Moore said in a statement. “He possessed… a sense of humor and intelligence that made every minute spent with him a pure pleasure.”
In addition to Moore, Huvane’s clients have included actors Margot Robbie, Henry Winkler, Zoey Deutch and Jensen Ackles. He also managed the late actor Chadwick Boseman, according to IMDbPro.
Winkler tweeted Monday that he was heartbroken to hear of Huvane’s death.
“Chris was so thoughtful and knowledgeable and such a compassionate caretaker,” Winkler wrote.
Many people who have worked with Huvane described him as a manager who worked tirelessly for his clients.
Christopher Cantwell, co-creator and co-showrunner on TV drama Halt and Catch Fire, called Huvane “a man with a lion heart.”
“He has been upfront and honest in a business where many are not,” Cantwell tweeted of Huvane, who was his manager for more than 10 years. “He was extraordinarily kind, he was remarkably open about his struggles and wore himself on his sleeve. This industry doesn’t deserve a guy like Chris.”
Cantwell said Huvane was instrumental in his career.
“When we were texting STOP he was banging on our agent’s door because we were nobodies and said ‘if you don’t pay attention to these guys I’ll take them somewhere else because they deserve better,'” Cantwell tweeted.
Several other people who knew Huvane also shared their memories on Twitter.
Huvane is survived by his wife Cole; father Martin; and five siblings: Michael, Robert, Stephen, Kevin and Denise Whalen. Stephen Huvane is a partner at Slate PR and Kevin Huvane is co-chair of major talent agency Creative Artists Agency.
If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, seek professional help and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Los Angeles Times contributor Christie D’Zurilla and researcher Scott Wilson contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-02-07/management-360-manager-chris-huvane-dies-by-apparent-suicide Chris Huvane, respected talent manager, dies aged 47