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Born: July 27, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: Producer ...
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1942:
Served in the Air Force during WWII
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Worked in public relations
1951:
Joined the NBC show "Ford Star Review" as a staff writer
1953:
First screenwriting credit, "Scared Stiff"
1955:
Produced the NBC series, "The Martha Raye Show"; also wrote and directed several episodes
1959:
Created first series, the half-hour NBC western starring Henry Fonda, "The Deputy"
1959:
Founded Tandem Productions with Bud Yorkin
1961:
First TV pilot as producer, "Band of Gold" (CBS)
1962:
Produced "The Andy Williams Show" (NBC)
1963:
Produced first film (with Yorkin), "Come Blow Your Horn"; also scripted
1967:
Wrote and produced, "Divorce American Style"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay
1971:
Feature directing debut "Cold Turkey" starred Dick Van Dyke
1971:
Created the popular sitcom, "All in the Family" (CBS); also produced and wrote several episodes
1972:
Co-created and co-executive produced, "Sanford and Son" (NBC)
1972:
Created and co-executive produced, "Maude" (CBS); a spin-off sitcom from "All in the Family"
1974:
Ended partnership with Yorkin and went on to form TAT Communications
1975:
Created "The Jeffersons" (CBS), another spin-off series from "All in the Family"
1975:
Executive produced the CBS sitcom, "One Day at a Time"
1976:
Produced the soap opera parody, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated)
1976:
Created the CBS series, "All's Fair"
1980:
Co-created (with Alex Haley) and co-executive produced, "Palmerstown USA" (CBS)
1982:
With partner Jerry Perenchio purchased Embassy Films; re-named company Embassy Communications
1982:
Produced the ABC variety special, "I Love Liberty"
1984:
Produced the short-lived ABC sitcom, "a.k.a. Pablo"
1984:
Financed Rob Reiner's mockumentary, "This is Spinal Tap"
1986:
Sold Embassy Communications to Columbia Pictures (then owned by the Coca-Cola Company); founded Act III Communications (with Tom McGrath)
1986:
Financed Rob Reiner's second film, "Stand by Me"; produced by Lear's Act III Communications
1987:
Produced Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"
1991:
Returned to series TV as creator and executive producer of "Sunday Dinner" (CBS)
1991:
Produced the film, "Fried Green Tomatoes"
1992:
Created and produced, "The Powers That Be" (NBC)
1994:
Created and produced the short-lived CBS sitcom, "704 Hauser Street"
2001:
Produced (with Rob Reiner) a filmed, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia
2003:
Voiced Benjamin Franklin in an episode of "South Park" (Comedy Central)
2007:
Executive produced, "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" about the folk artist

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