Hilary Duff is paying tribute to Stan Rogow, a producer on Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire, following the news of his death.
Rogow passed away on Thursday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter Saturday. He was 75.
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“Writing this right now is bringing back so many distant memories of what feels like a completely different lifetime…,” Duff, who played the eponymous character in the Disney series during its two season run from 2001-2004, wrote on Instagram. “One where I had absolutely no clue where I was heading or how I was getting there, but where I had that eagerness and blind optimism that accompanies youth and your first opportunities to step up.”
Duff called Rogow a “very special person who fought for me to land a role that would change the entire course of my life.” She added, “I’m so very sad to hear of his passing today. Stan – thank you for thinking I had ‘that special thing.'”
The Disney vet concluded her note by thanking Rogow for “all of the Lizzie adventures” and for “helping create a reality I could never have dreamed of.”
As executive producer on Lizzie McGuire, Rogow earned two of his three career Emmy nominations for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2003 and 2004. His first Emmy nod came years earlier in 1982 for Outstanding Drama Series for his work on NBC’s Fame.
During his decades-long career, Rogow served as producer on a number of other notable TV series, including Shannon’s Deal, Flight 29 Down, Darcy’s Wild Life and Woke Up Dead. His film credits include All I Want for Christmas, Men of War and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, among others.
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