Norman Lear Biography (1922-)

Full name, Norman Milton Lear; born July 27, 1922, in New Haven, CT; son of Herman (in sales) and Jeanette (maiden name, Seicol) Lear; married second wife, Frances A. Loeb (an entrepreneur), December 7, 1956 (divorced); married LynDavis; children: (first marriage) Ellen Lear Reiss; (second marriage) Kate B. Lear LaPook, Maggie B.; (third marriage) Benjamin Davis. Education:Attended Emerson College, 1940-42. Addresses: Office-- Act IIIProductions, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Career: Producer, director, television series creator, and screenwriter. Worked in public relations, 1945-49; freelance comedy writer, 1950-59; TandemProductions, founder (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), 1959; American Civil LibertiesFoundation of Southern California, cofounder, president, 1973--; T.A.T. Communications, later known as Embassy Communications, founder, 1974; Act III Communications, founder, 1987; member of the board of directors for People for the American Way, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Helsinki Watch, Los Angeles Urban League, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and National Women's Political Caucus; Museum of Television & Radio, trustee emeritus; previously worked as furniture salesman and as a sidewalk photographer specializing in baby pictures. Military service: U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-45, became technical sergeant; received Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Member: Writers Guild of America, Screen Producers Guild (executive board member, 1968), Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Caucus of Producers, Writers, and Directors. Awards, Honors: Named one of the top ten motion picture producers of the year by the Motion Picture Exhibitors, 1963, 1967, and 1968; Academy Award nomination (with Robert Kaufman), best story andscreenplay written directly for the screen, and Writers Guild Award nomination, best written American comedy, both 1968, for Divorce American Style; honorary H.H.D. from Emerson College, 1968; Emmy Awards, outstanding new series, 1971, and outstanding series--comedy (with John Rich), 1971-73, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding writing achievement in comedy, 1971-72, outstanding comedy series (with John Rich), 1974, and outstanding comedy series (with others), 1976, and Peabody Award, 1977, all for All in the Family; Showman of the Year Awards, Publicists Guild, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977; Showman of the Year Award, Association of Business Managers, 1972; Broadcaster of the Year Award, International Radio and Television Society, 1973; Man of the Year Award, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Hollywood chapter), 1973; Emmy Award nominations (with Rod Parker), outstanding comedy series and outstanding new series, 1973, for Maude; Humanitarian Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1976; Emmy Awardnomination, outstanding program and individual achievement, 1976, for MaryHartman, Mary Hartman; Mark Twain Award, International Platform Association, 1977; Valentine Davies Award, Writers Guild of America, 1977; Showman ofthe Year Award, Publicists Guild, 1977; William O. Douglas Public Counsel Award, 1981; First Amendment Lectureship Award, Ford Hall Forum, 1981; Gold Medal, International Radio and Television Society, 1981; Distinguished AmericanAward, 1984; Television Academy Hall of Fame, inductee, 1984; Special Award,Young Artist Awards, outstanding contribution to youth through television: The Michael Landon Award, 1984; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding drama, 1984,for Heartsounds; Mass Media Award, American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations, 1986; International Award of the Year, National Association of Television Program Executives, 1987; American Comedy Award, LifetimeAchievement Award, 1987; Wise Owl Award (with Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner, and Andrew Meyer), television and theatrical film fiction, from the Retirement Research Foundation, 1992, for Fried Green Tomatoes; Laurel Award for TVWriting Achievement, Writers Guild of America, 1993; Lucy Award, Women in Film Lucy Awards, 1999; Career Achievement Award, Television Critics AssociationAwards, 1999. Addresses: Office: Act III Productions, 1999 Avenue ofthe Stars, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Producer, director, television series creator, screenwriter
Birth Details
July 27, 1922
New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Producer, Except Where Indicated
  • (With Alan "Bud" Yorkin) Come Blow Your Horn, Paramount, 1963
  • Never Too Late, Warner Bros., 1965
  • Divorce American Style, Columbia, 1967
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's(also known as The Night TheyInvented Striptease), United Artists, 1968
  • Executive producer, Start the Revolution without Me(also known asTwo Times Two), Warner Bros., 1970
  • (And director) Cold Turkey, United Artists, 1971
  • Executive producer, The Princess Bride, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Executive producer (with Anne Marie Gillen, Yuriko Matsubara, Andrew Meyer, and Tom Taylor), Fried Green Tomatoes(also known as Fried GreenTomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Universal, 1991
  • Executive producer (with Milos Forman and Paul Rassam), Way Past Cool,2000
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer (with Ed Simmons and Karl Hoffenberg) and director, The Martha Raye Show, NBC, 1954-56
  • Creator, The Deputy,1959
  • Creator and executive producer, The Andy Williams Show(also knownas The Andy Williams Series), NBC, 1965
  • Creator, developer, and executive producer, All in the Family(alsoknown as Those Were the Days), CBS, 1971-79
  • Creator (with Aaron Ruben and Alan "Bud" Yorkin), codeveloper, and executive producer (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), Sanford and Son, NBC, 1972-77
  • Creator, developer, and executive producer (with Rod Parker), Maude, CBS, 1972-78
  • Executive producer, Good Times, CBS, 1974-79
  • Creator and developer, The Jeffersons, CBS, 1975-85
  • Producer (with Ron Clark and Gene Marcione), Hot L Baltimore, ABC,1975
  • Developer and executive producer, One Day at a Time, CBS, 1975-84
  • Creator (with Rod Parker) and executive producer, The Nancy Walker Show, ABC, 1976-77
  • Creator, All's Fair, CBS, 1976-77
  • Creator, developer, and executive producer, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated, 1976-77
  • Cocreator and developer, All That Glitters, syndicated, 1977
  • Developer and producer, A Year at the Top, CBS, 1977
  • Creator, Fernwood 2-Night, syndicated, 1977
  • Executive producer, Forever Fernwood, syndicated, 1977-78
  • Creator, Apple Pie, ABC, 1978
  • Executive producer, Hanging In, CBS, 1979
  • Creator, developer, and executive producer, The Baxters, syndicated, 1979
  • Creator (with Alex Haley) and executive producer (with Alex Haley and Ronald Rubin), Palmerstown, U.S.A.(also known as Palmerstown), CBS, 1980-81
  • Creator and executive producer, a.k.a. Pablo, ABC, 1984
  • Creator and executive producer, Sunday Dinner, CBS, 1991
  • Director and executive producer, The Powers That Be, NBC, 1992-93
  • Creator and executive producer, 704 Hauser Street, CBS, 1993
  • Executive producer, Channel Umptee-3,1997
  • Development, Solo en America, ABC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Producer (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1961
  • Producer (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), Henry Fonda and the Family, CBS, 1962
  • Producer (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), The Andy Williams Special, NBC,1962
  • Producer, The TV Guide Awards Show,1962
  • Producer, Robert Young and the Family,1970
  • Executive producer (with Alan "Bud" Yorkin), I Love Liberty, ABC,1982
  • Executive producer, All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special, CBS, 1991
  • With Alan "Bud" Yorkin, also creator and producer of Another Evening with Fred Astaire, An Evening with Carol Channing, and The ManySides of Don Rickles.
  • Episodic
  • Director of premiere episode, 704 Hauser Street, CBS, 1993
  • Also directed episodes of All in the Family, CBS; The Powers That Be, NBC; and Maggie Bloom.
  • Pilots
  • Producer, Band of Gold(broadcast as an episode of General Electric Theatre), CBS, 1961
  • Executive producer (with Jerry Weintraub), King of the Road, CBS,1978
  • Executive producer (with Richard Dorso), P.O.P., NBC, 1984
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, Heartsounds, ABC, 1984
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Bob Hope's World of Comedy, NBC, 1976
  • The American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • Hollywood's Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Primetime TV, PBS,1987
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1987
  • Fifty Years of Television: A Golden Celebration, CBS, 1989
  • The Fourth "R", CBS, 1990
  • Living in America, VH1, 1991
  • Host, All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special, CBS, 1991
  • The Meaning of Life, CBS, 1991
  • Himself, Color Adjustment(documentary), PBS, 1992
  • Laughing Matters(also known as Funny Business), Showtime, 1993
  • The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame,1993
  • The Gospel According to Jesus, Cinemax, 1995
  • Gail Sheehy's New Passages, ABC, 1996
  • CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Valerie Bertinelli, Lifetime, 1998
  • Mackenzie Phillips: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! EntertainmentTelevision, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Betty Freidan, Lifetime, 1999
  • Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money,1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan, Lifetime, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1976
  • The Class of the 20th Century,1992
  • Screenplays
  • (With Herbert Baker, Walter DeLeon, and Ed Simmons) Scared Stiff,Paramount, 1953
  • Come Blow Your Horn, Paramount, 1963
  • Divorce American Style, Columbia, 1967
  • (With Arnold Schulman and Sidney Michaels) The Night They Raided Minsky's(also known as The Night They Invented Striptease), UnitedArtists, 1968
  • (Story only) Cold Turkey, United Artists, 1971
  • Television Series
  • Staff writer, Ford Star Revue, NBC, 1951
  • Staff writer, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, NBC, 1955-57
  • Head writer, All in the Family, CBS, 1971-72
  • Television Episodic
  • a.k.a. Pablo, ABC, 1984
  • Premiere episode, Sunday Dinner, CBS, 1991
  • Premiere episode, 704 Hauser Street, NBC, 1993
  • Also wrote episodes of The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC; The GeorgeGobel Show, NBC.
  • Television Pilots
  • P.O.P., NBC, 1984.
  • Television Specials
  • (With Hal Kanter) The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1961
  • (With Toni Koch) Henry Fonda and the Family, CBS, 1962
  • (With Alan "Bud" Yorkin) The Andy Williams Special, NBC, 1962
  • (With Richard Alfieri, Rita Mae Brown, Rick Mitz, and Arthur Allan Seidelman) I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982

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