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Born: March 7, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Weston, Connecticut, USA Profession: producer, executive, photographer

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This son of the celebrated TV mogul Robert Halmi Sr. is a leading executive and producer in his own right. With a Harvard MBA on his resume, Robert Halmi Jr worked as a professional photographer before entering the family business, Robert Halmi Productions, in 1980 as an "assistant to the producer" (his father) on "A Private Battle" (CBS, 1980), a telefilm about writer Cornelius Ryan. This was the kind of high-minded entertainment with which father and son would often be associated. An immediate success, he quickly climbed the ranks to become president and CEO of RHI Entertainment, which he co-founded in 1984.Halmi graduated to associate producer with "When the Circus Came to Town" (CBS, 1981), a romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Christopher Plummer, executive producer with "China Rose" (CBS, 1983), and producer on "April Morning" (CBS, 1988) which aired as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. He supervised all operating and financial matters at RHI while producing or executive producing numerous "prestige" packages as president of Robert Halmi, Inc. from 1985 to 1988. Halmi enjoyed his greatest triumph to date with the hugely popular Western miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989)...

This son of the celebrated TV mogul Robert Halmi Sr. is a leading executive and producer in his own right. With a Harvard MBA on his resume, Robert Halmi Jr worked as a professional photographer before entering the family business, Robert Halmi Productions, in 1980 as an "assistant to the producer" (his father) on "A Private Battle" (CBS, 1980), a telefilm about writer Cornelius Ryan. This was the kind of high-minded entertainment with which father and son would often be associated. An immediate success, he quickly climbed the ranks to become president and CEO of RHI Entertainment, which he co-founded in 1984.

Halmi graduated to associate producer with "When the Circus Came to Town" (CBS, 1981), a romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Christopher Plummer, executive producer with "China Rose" (CBS, 1983), and producer on "April Morning" (CBS, 1988) which aired as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. He supervised all operating and financial matters at RHI while producing or executive producing numerous "prestige" packages as president of Robert Halmi, Inc. from 1985 to 1988. Halmi enjoyed his greatest triumph to date with the hugely popular Western miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) which netted eight Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. He was also closely involved in the growth of RHI's library as it swelled to over 900 hours of miniseries, TV-movies and specials. He executive produced the syndicated teenage series "Dracula--The Series" (1990), served as senior producer on "Space Rangers" (CBS, 1993), a short-lived sci-fi actioner starring Linda Hunt, and oversaw the syndicated "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years" (1994). Other credits include the popular Nickelodeon series The Secret Life of Alex Mack" (1994-98), the Emmy-nominated "The Baby Dance" (Showtime, 1999), the cult series "Farscape" (Sci-Fi Channel, 1999- ) and the Emmy-nominated "Arabian Nights" (ABC, 2000).

Halmi entered features as associate producer to his father on "The Long Ride" (1984). He advanced to executive producer on the comic misfire "Lily in Love" (1985) starring Christopher Plummer and Maggie Smith and "Leader of the Band" (1987), a mild comedy with Mercedes Ruehl.

Halmi became president and CEO of Hallmark Entertainment after RHI Entertainment was sold to and became a division of Hallmark Cards. His father reigned as chairman of the board. Under the auspices of Hallmark, Halmi ventured into theatrical production with Broadway revivals of the family-aimed "The Sound of Music" and "1776" (both 1998).

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Began working as a photographer; had pictures published in <i>Time, Newsweek</i> and <i>Paris Match</i>
1979:
Had photograph published in <i>The New York Times</i>
1980:
Joined father at Robert Halmi Productions
1980:
First professional credit, assistant to producer for the TV-movie, "A Private Battle" (CBS)
1981:
Served as associate producer on the TV-movie, "When the Circus Came to Town" (CBS)
1983:
Debut as TV-movie executive producer, "China Rose" (CBS)
1984:
Co-founded RHI Entertainment, Inc.
1984:
Feature debut as associate producer, "The Long Ride"
1985:
Debut as feature film executive producer "Lily in Love"
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Served as president of RHI Entertainment; supervised all operating and financial matters at RHI
1985:
Executive produced the Emmy-nominated "The Night They Saved Christmas"
1987:
Was executive producer of the Emmy-nominated "Pack of Lies" (aired on CBS as part of "Hallmark Hall of Fame")
1988:
Credited as producer (with director Delbert Mann) of "April Morning" on TV's "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
1988:
Debut as TV series executive producer, "Learning the Ropes"
1989:
Co-executive produced acclaimed Western miniseries, "Lonesome Dove"; received Emmy nomination
1989:
Sold RHI Entertainment to Qintex
1990:
Left Qintex and re-launched RHI Entertainment
1990:
Served as executive producer of "Dracula -- The Series"
1992:
Was executive producer of the sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore", starring Walter Matthau
1993:
Executive produced "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1994:
Became president and CEO of Hallmark Entertainment after RHI Entertainment was sold to Hallmark Cards
1994:
Credited as executive producer of the syndicated spin-off series "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years"
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Was one of the executive producers of the Nickelodeon series "The Secret Life of Alex Mack"
1995:
Founded Hallmark Entertainment Networks, Inc. (HEN)
1995:
Was executive producer of the "Black Fox" trilogy of TV-movies on CBS, starring Christopher Reeve and Tony Todd
1997:
Executive produced "Crayola Kids Adventures", a series of adaptation of classics geared for youngsters; aired on CBS
1998:
Ventured into theatrical producing with the Tony-nominated revivals of "1776" and "The Sound of Music"
1999:
Served as an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated "The Baby Dance"
1999:
Was an executive producer of the sci-fi series "Farscape" (The Sci-Fi Channel)
1999:
Executive produced the ABC miniseries "Cleopatra"
1999:
Was the executive producer of the well-received Showtime movie "A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story"
2000:
Executive produced the multi-part NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"
2000:
Received Emmy nomination for executive producing the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights"
2000:
Served as executive producer of "Jason and the Argonauts"
2000:
Served as executive producer of the TNT remake of "David Copperfield"
2001:
Was executive producer of the Odyssey Channel miniseries "Voyage of the Unicorn"
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Education

Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1979

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wife:
Leah Halmi.

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father:
Robert Halmi Sr. Producer, executive. Born in 1924.
brother:
Bill Halmi.
daughter:
Winter Halmi.
son:
Bela Halmi.
son:
Thomas Halmi.
son:
Colt Halmi.
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