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Also Known As: Paul Witt Died:
Born: March 20, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, director

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A distinguished TV producer whose prolific career began in the 1960s, Paul Junger Witt has extensive credits that reflect a flair for classy comedy vehicles characterized by fine ensemble acting and boosted by the writing of his partner and later wife, Susan Harris, who created several of the series from Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions. Witt began his career in the mid-60s, eventually working as a producer and director on such series as "Here Come the Brides" and "The Partridge Family". In 1970, while still at Screen Gems, he produced the Emmy-winning TV-movie about the true story of a friendship across racial lines between football players, "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). But perhaps more significantly, it was on this production that Witt became close with the associate producer, Tony Thomas, and the duo decided to work together.

A distinguished TV producer whose prolific career began in the 1960s, Paul Junger Witt has extensive credits that reflect a flair for classy comedy vehicles characterized by fine ensemble acting and boosted by the writing of his partner and later wife, Susan Harris, who created several of the series from Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions. Witt began his career in the mid-60s, eventually working as a producer and director on such series as "Here Come the Brides" and "The Partridge Family". In 1970, while still at Screen Gems, he produced the Emmy-winning TV-movie about the true story of a friendship across racial lines between football players, "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). But perhaps more significantly, it was on this production that Witt became close with the associate producer, Tony Thomas, and the duo decided to work together.

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 Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur (2003) Interviewee
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 Intimate Portrait: Park Overall (2000) Interviewee
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1965:
Producer and director working with Screen Gems (later Columbia Pictures TV)
1970:
Was producer and director on "The Partridge Family"
1971:
Produced TV-movie "Brian's Song"
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Producer with Spelling/Goldberg Prods.
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President, executive producer, Danny Thomas Prods.
1976:
Formed Witt-Thomas and Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions (with Tony Thomas and Susan Harris)
1977:
First hit series, "Soap" (ABC)
1979:
First hit spin-off, "Benson" (ABC)
1984:
Feature producing debut, "Firstborn"
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Was an executive producer on the NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls"
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First Witt-Thomas dramatic series, "Beauty & The Beast" (CBS)
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Witt-Thomas Films pacted with Touchstone for feature films
1989:
Produced (with Steven Haft and Tony Thomas) "Dead Poets Society"
1992:
Pacted with Warner Bros. for feature film productions
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Was one of the executive producers of "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC)
1999:
Served as one of the producers of the feature "Three Kings"
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Education

University of Virginia: Charlottesville , Virginia - 1963

Notes

In 1991, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY placed Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas and Susan Harris collectively as 65th on their Hollywood Power list.

Witt-Thomas and Witt-Thomas-Harris programs and personnel have won more than 70 Emmy Awards.

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wife:
Susan Harris. Screenwriter, producer. Married after partnering in successful Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions.

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father:
Jacob Malcomb Witt.
mother:
Helen Lawrence Witt.
son:
Christopher Witt. From first marriage.
son:
Anthony Witt. From first marriage.
daughter:
Genevieve Witt. From first marriage.
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