Danny Sugerman
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Stephen Sugerman
Born(1954-10-11)October 11, 1954
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 5, 2005(2005-01-05) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Music manager
Years active1967–2005

Daniel Stephen Sugerman (October 11, 1954 – January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the Los Angeles–based rock band the Doors. He wrote several books about Jim Morrison and the Doors, including No One Here Gets Out Alive (co-authored with Jerry Hopkins), and the autobiography Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess.[1]

Early life

Sugerman grew up in Beverly Hills. His family’s neighbors were Fred Astaire, Steve McQueen and Raquel Welch.[citation needed] At eleven, his Jewish-American[2] parents divorced and his mother Harriet moved Danny and his siblings to Westchester, Los Angeles where she lived with a prosecuting attorney who was a harsh disciplinarian. Danny attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he regularly authored articles about The Doors in the student newspaper. He attended summer camp near Lakeshore City, California with Todd Fisher, Steven Crane Jr. and sons of golfer Ken Venturi and Don Knotts. Danny graduated from Westchester High School in 1972.[citation needed]


He began working with the Doors when he was 12 years old, answering their fan mail. At age 17 he replaced the Doors' original manager, Bill Siddons, following the death of Morrison in July 1971.

He later went on to manage Ray Manzarek's solo career and first album. He was also Iggy Pop's manager for a period, and produced his song "Repo Man", before they both ended up in mental hospitals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.[3] It was during this time that he was also manager for the L.A based glam/punk band, The Joneses, whose founder and lead singer, Jeff Drake, supplied them with high quality heroin.[citation needed] He also wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses in 1991.

Personal life

For a short while in the 1980s, Sugerman dated actress Mackenzie Phillips. In 1993, he married Fawn Hall, who had been one of the principals in the Iran–Contra affair. They remained married until his death.[4][5] They briefly met MP3.com co-founder Rod Underhill while Hall was employed there. Underhill later stated that "Sugerman was very interesting. He had appeared to go out of his way to appear visually like Jim Morrison. Same type of haircut, similar clothing. The similarity was uncanny."[citation needed] Sugerman discussed his idolization of Morrison in detail, in his autobiographical book Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess.

In Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess Sugerman went into detail about his heroin addiction and his involvement with drug dealers. At one point, he found solace in Buddhism,[6] though he did not mention his interest in his memoir. It ends with a two-page chapter that reminds the reader of drug users whose behavior he described in previous chapters, and he says that as of 1988 they are all dead, incarcerated or, in one person’s case, doing his third stint in “a residential addict recovery facility.”


Sugerman died on January 5, 2005, in Los Angeles, from lung cancer,[7] and is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.



  1. ^ "Archives - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Doors Manager Danny Sugerman Dies at 50". Rolling Stone. 6 January 2005.
  3. ^ Sugerman, D. (1995). Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour Excess. NY: Brown and Company
  4. ^ Al Kamen (April 18, 2012). "Catching up with Fawn Hall". Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". April 12, 1993. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Doors Manager Danny Sugerman Dies at 50". Rolling Stone. 6 January 2005.
  7. ^ Doors Manager Danny Sugerman Dies at 50: Doors manager, writer succumbs to cancer By Steve Baltin, January 6, 2005 12:00 AM ET. Accessed via the internet June 26, 3013