Notable TV Producers

by qempyrean | created - 07 Jul 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Jack Webb

Writer | Dragnet

John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb ...

2. Quinn Martin

Producer | The Fugitive

During the early 1970s QM Productions through its owner Quinn Martin dominated the action adventure television series genre. At one time QM produced more hours of network television programs per week than any other independent production company. Perhaps one of Martin's most lasting contributions ...

3. Gerry Anderson

Writer | Invasion: UFO

Gerry Anderson was born on April 14, 1929 in West Hampstead, London, England as Gerald Alexander Abrahams. He was a writer and producer, known for Invasion: UFO (1974), UFO (1970) and Fireball XL5 (1962). He was married to Mary Robins, Sylvia Anderson and Betty Wrightman. He died on December 26, ...

4. Irwin Allen

Producer | The Towering Inferno

A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award. A successful TV ...

5. Norman Lear

Writer | All in the Family

Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms like All In The Family, Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many other sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television.

Norman Milton Lear was born in New ...

6. Don Fedderson

Producer | Life with Elizabeth

Don Fedderson was born on April 16, 1913 in Beresford, South Dakota, USA as Donald Joy Fedderson. He was a producer and writer, known for Life with Elizabeth (1952), Family Affair (1966) and Date with the Angels (1957). He was married to Yvonne Lime and Tido Fedderson. He died on December 18, 1994 ...

7. Gene Roddenberry

Writer | Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen Anita Rexroat. He ...

8. Paul Henning

Writer | The Beverly Hillbillies

Paul Henning was born on September 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri, USA as Paul William Henning. He was a writer and producer, known for The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). He was married to Ruth Henning. He died on March 25, 2005 in ...

9. Ivan Tors

Writer | In the Good Old Summertime

Ivan Tors was born on June 12, 1916 in Budapest, Hungary as Ivan Lawrence Tors. He was a producer and production manager, known for In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Science Fiction Theatre (1955) and Gog (1954). He was married to Adrienne Ralston Fox (Diana Bennett Wanger) and Constance Dowling. ...

10. Charles W. Fries

Producer | Chosen Survivors

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Chuck Fries graduated from Ohio State University, where he also received an Honorary Doctor oF Fine Arts degree. After serving in various production and administrative capacities in the entertainment industry, he became vice-president in charge of production for Screen...

11. John Wilder

Writer | Centennial

John Wilder was born on May 28, 1936 in Tacoma, Washington. He is a writer, producer, and director known for Centennial (1978), The Yellow Rose (1983), Spenser: For Hire (1985), Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties (1987), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), The Feast of All Saints (2001)., Norman ...

12. Charles Marquis Warren

Writer | Rawhide

Film and television writer, producer and director. In films with MGM from 1933. He also contributed in excess of 250 articles of pulp fiction to various magazines and became a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post. Post-war, he was primarily active as an author of western scripts. He was...

13. Bruce Geller

Writer | Mission: Impossible

Author, composer, writer and songwriter, educated at Yale University (BA degree). He joined ASCAP in 1961, and wrote the off-Broadway stage scores for "Living the Life" and "All in Love". His chief musical collaborator was Gene de Paul, and his popular-song compositions included "I Found Him" and "...

14. David Dortort

Producer | Bonanza

David Dortort was born on October 23, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as David Solomon Katz. He was a producer and writer, known for Bonanza (1959), The High Chaparral (1967) and The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955). He was married to Rose Seldin. He died on September 5, 2010 in Los ...

15. Herbert B. Leonard

Producer | Route 66

Herbert B. Leonard was born on October 8, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Herbert Breiter Leonard. He was a producer and writer, known for Route 66 (1960), Going Home (1971) and Fury of the Congo (1951). He was married to Betty Kennedy, Jenny P. Cobb and Willetta Leonard. He died on October...

16. David Susskind

Producer | Eleanor and Franklin

David Susskind was born on December 19, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA as David Howard Susskind. He was a producer and writer, known for Eleanor and Franklin (1976), Ages of Man (1966) and The DuPont Show of the Month (1957). He was married to Joyce Davidson and Phyllis Briskin. He died on ...

17. Hugh Wilson

Writer | Blast from the Past

Hugh Wilson was born on August 24, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...

18. Sheldon Leonard

Producer | Make Room for Daddy

Sheldon Leonard was born in New York City's lower Manhattan, the son of Jewish parents. He studied acting at Syracuse University and, after graduating, landed a job on Wall Street. Following the Wall Street crash of 1929, he found himself unemployed and resolved to become a professional actor on ...

19. Norman Felton

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Norman Felton was born on April 29, 1913 in London, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Robert Montgomery Presents (1950). He was married to Aline Scotts. He died on June 25, 2012 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

20. Herbert Brodkin

Producer | Holocaust

Herbert Brodkin was born on November 9, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and actor, known for Holocaust (1978), The Alcoa Hour (1955) and CBS Playhouse (1967). He was married to Patricia M. Brodkin. He died on October 29, 1990 in New York City.

21. William T. Orr

Producer | 77 Sunset Strip

William Orr is known to fans of 1950s and 1960s TV shows by the abbreviated but imposing credit of Wm. T. Orr seen at the end of every Warner Bros. show including Maverick (1957), Cheyenne (1955), 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and F Troop (1965). As the head of WB Television for nine years, he was ...

22. Dan Curtis

Producer | Burnt Offerings

Dan Curtis was born on August 12, 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as Daniel Mayer Cherkoss. He was a producer and writer, known for Burnt Offerings (1976), Dark Shadows (1966) and War and Remembrance (1988). He was married to Norma Mae Klein. He died on March 27, 2006 in Brentwood, California,...

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