Born August 26, 1935, in Garfield, NJ; died after a stroke, January 31, 1998,in Los Angeles, CA. Agent, producer, executive.
Nardino is remembered for his work as a television and film producer, and forhis years as president of Paramount Television. Early in his career, he worked as an agent for the William Morris Agency and then for Frank Cooper Associates. In 1964 he became senior vice president in charge of the television department at Ashley-Famous Agency (now International Creative Management). In the mid-1970s, he held a similar position at William Morris. In 1977 he was named head of Paramount Television. Series that were popular during his tenureincluded Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Joanie Loves Chachi, Taxi, Webster, Family Ties, and Cheers. He wasalso responsible for seeing various miniseries make it to television. These included Golda, The Winds of War, and Shogun. In 1983 hebegan his own firm, Gary Nardino Productions, which was affiliated with Paramount. He produced the Showtime series Brothers beginning in 1982. Other series he produced throughout the remainder of his career included Marblehead Manor, Time Trax, and Pacific Blue. For Paramount Pictures, he produced Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Fire with Fire. He joined Orion as chief executive officer in 1988. Among the productions he supervised were Equal Justice, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Lifestories. Later posts included serving as co-president of North Hall Productions. In 1990 he produced Jetsons: The Movie for Universal. Nardino received numerous honors for his work, includinga 1986 Cable ACE Award and the Television Showmanship Award.
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