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Born: April 3, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter, director, producer

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Fascinated by movies as a child, Glenn Gordon Caron moved to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting assignments with no clear goals or really any idea how the industry worked. Within five years, he had produced the debut season of "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87) and moved on to "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89), one of the freshest and most inventive shows of its era. The Cybill Shepherd/Bruce Willis comedy consistently defied expectation and convention, earning it a devoted audience and well-deserved kudos for Caron, who kept a close eye on its scripts. When an eroding relationship with Shepherd led Caron to depart "Moonlighting," he tried his hand at motion pictures, directing such films as "Clean and Sober" (1988), "Love Affair" (1994), and "Picture Perfect" (1997). Reviews and box office were uneven, so he returned to the small screen. After one short-lived program and another that was cancelled even before it made it to air, Caron came up with "Medium" (NBC/CBS, 2005-2011). The offbeat fantasy-horror-drama delivered interesting characters and conflict to go with its creator's flourishes, which included elaborate visual work and the first use of high-definition 3-D on primetime television. One of the...

Fascinated by movies as a child, Glenn Gordon Caron moved to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting assignments with no clear goals or really any idea how the industry worked. Within five years, he had produced the debut season of "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87) and moved on to "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89), one of the freshest and most inventive shows of its era. The Cybill Shepherd/Bruce Willis comedy consistently defied expectation and convention, earning it a devoted audience and well-deserved kudos for Caron, who kept a close eye on its scripts. When an eroding relationship with Shepherd led Caron to depart "Moonlighting," he tried his hand at motion pictures, directing such films as "Clean and Sober" (1988), "Love Affair" (1994), and "Picture Perfect" (1997). Reviews and box office were uneven, so he returned to the small screen. After one short-lived program and another that was cancelled even before it made it to air, Caron came up with "Medium" (NBC/CBS, 2005-2011). The offbeat fantasy-horror-drama delivered interesting characters and conflict to go with its creator's flourishes, which included elaborate visual work and the first use of high-definition 3-D on primetime television. One of the most innovative and celebrated television producers of his era, Caron was highly instrumental in persuading networks to try new things and move outside established formulas, and the ratings success of "Moonlighting" and "Medium" proved that audiences were very receptive to such creativity.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Picture Perfect (1997) Director
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  Love Affair (1994) Director
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  Wilder Napalm (1993) Director
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  Clean & Sober (1988) Director
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  Concrete Beat (1984) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

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 Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) Interviewee
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1980:
TV debut as screenwriter for short-lived NBC sitcom, "Good Time Harry", starring Ted Bessell
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Hired by Steve Tesich as supervising producer for the ABC-TV comedy-drama series, "Breaking Away"
1981:
Debut as screenwriter for Disney feature, "Condorman"
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Supervising producer and writer for the long-runnning NBC detective series, "Remington Steel"
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Formed own production company, Picturemaker Productions, and under its banner created and produced the ABC comedy-detective series, "Moonlighting", which starred Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis
1986:
TV-movie screenwriting debut, "Long Time Gone"; also executive produced
1988:
Feature film directing debut, "Clean and Sober"
1993:
Helmed second film, the unsuccessful "Wilder Napalm"
1994:
Directed the third remake of "Love Affair", teaming real-life married couple Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
1997:
Co-wrote and directed the uneven romantic comedy "Picture Perfect"
1999:
Returned to series TV as executive producer of the CBS drama "Now and Again"
1999:
Signed a multiyear production deal with Paramount Network Television
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Notes

"I am a big believer in 'ache'. To me, it's a very important foundation for any comedy to work." --Caron quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 7, 1997

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