Aaron Spelling

Producer, Screenwriter, Playwright
A title holder in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific producer in television history, Aaron Spelling quietly oversaw some five decades of popular programming that ranged from "The Mod Squad" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1923 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Producer (233)

7th Heaven 1992 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Beverly Hills 90210 1992 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Burke's Law 1992 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Charmed 1998 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1992 - 2001, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Models Inc. 1992 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Savannah 1992 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Clubhouse 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Summerland 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wanted (TNT) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

10-8 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beverly Hills, 90210: 10-Year High School Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kingpin 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Queens Supreme 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Titans 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Safe Harbor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rescue 77 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Melrose Place 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pacific Palisades 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kindred: The Embraced 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Malibu Shores 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pier 66 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Best Moments of 90210 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heaven Help Us 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

James A. Michener's Texas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Madman of the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Robin's Hoods 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

University Hospital 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Stranger in the Mirror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love on the Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Partners 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Heights 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

2000 Malibu Road 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hearts Are Wild 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Just Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Temporary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Day One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

HeartBeat 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

San Berdoo 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hotel 1983 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nightingales 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Satisfaction 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Loner 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cross My Heart 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Harry's Hong Kong 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hope Division 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Life With Lucy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat: The Shipshape Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three O'Clock High 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

'Night Mother 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crossings 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Glitter 1984 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. & Mrs. Ryan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

T.J. Hooker 1981 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Finder of Lost Loves 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hollywood Starr 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dark Mirror 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

At Ease 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don't Go to Sleep 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Mom 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Scared Silly 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Venice Medical 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sizzle 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Strike Force 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Aloha Paradise 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Casino 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beach Patrol 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friends 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Starsky and Hutch 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The San Pedro Beach Bums 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Death at Love House 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

S.W.A.T. 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charlie's Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The Oath: the Sad and Lonely Sundays 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Death Sentence 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Savages 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Starsky and Hutch 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

California Split 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chopper One 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Firehouse 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hijack! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Satan's School For Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

A Cold Night's Death 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Home For the Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Mod Squad 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

If Tomorrow Comes 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Broad Daylight 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rookies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

Two For the Money 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

But I Don't Want to Get Married! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Producer

Love, Hate, Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Make Room For Granddaddy 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

River of Gold 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Run Simon Run 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Producer

The Most Deadly Game 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Yuma 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Producer

Carter's Army 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

The Monk 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New People 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Guns of Will Sonnett 1967 - 1969 (TV Show)

Producer

The Danny Thomas Hour 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rango 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Producer

Amos Burke, Secret Agent 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Producer

Burke's Law 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Producer

Honey West: Who Killed the Jackpot? 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Producer

Last of the Private Eyes 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

Luxury Liner 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Losers 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Ringo 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Producer

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Taste of Evil (TV Show)

Producer

After Jimmy (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All Souls (TV Show)

Executive Producer

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Executive Producer

B.A.D. Cats (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Back to the Streets of San Francisco (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV Show)

Producer

Cracked Up (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crowhaven Farm (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

Producer

Cry Panic (TV Show)

Producer

Daniel Boone (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dark Mansions (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Day One (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Death Cruise (TV Show)

Producer

Divided We Stand (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dynasty: The Reunion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Every Man Needs One (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Family (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Producer

Five Desperate Women (TV Show)

Producer

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Green Dolphin Beat (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hart to Hart (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hit Lady (TV Show)

Producer

Hollywood Beat (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hotel (TV Show)

Executive Producer

How Awful About Allan (TV Show)

Executive Producer

International Airport (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jailbirds (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jane's House (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Letters From Three Lovers (TV Show)

Producer

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love on the Run (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Executive Producer

MacGruder and Loud (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Making of a Male Model (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Massarati and the Brain (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matt Houston (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nightingales (TV Show)

Executive Producer

No Place to Run (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One of My Wives Is Missing (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Only With Married Men (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rich Men, Single Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rolling Man (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Satan's School For Girls (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Show)

Producer

Sexual Advances (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Snatched (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Terror on Track 9 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Affair (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bait (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Best Little Girl in the World (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bounty Man (TV Show)

Producer

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Death Squad (TV Show)

Producer

The Death of Me Yet (TV Show)

Producer

The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (TV Show)

Producer

The Great American Beauty Contest (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The House That Would Not Die (TV Show)

Producer

The Last Child (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Legend of Valentino (TV Show)

Producer

The Letters (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat II (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love War (TV Show)

Producer

The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Love Boat (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Pigeon (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Power Within (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Pretenders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Reluctant Heroes (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Return of Mod Squad (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rookies (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Round Table (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The San Pedro Bums (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Three Kings (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Trackers (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Users (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Young Rebels (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vega$ (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Velvet (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Waikiki (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wake Me When the War Is Over (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wild Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wild and Wooly (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (37)

When Melrose Place Ruled The World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Dynasty: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jennie Garth 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominick Dunne: Murder He Wrote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210: The Final Goodbye 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Beach 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kristy McNichol: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Primetime -- Aaron Spelling 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Collins: A Personal Dynasty 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

A Day in the Lives of Melrose Place 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Powers That Be 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 Years... Later 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spirit of St. Louis 1957 (Movie)

Mr Pearless (Actor)

Target Zero 1955 (Movie)

Strangler (Actor)

Wyoming Renegades 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Widow 1954 (Movie)

Mr Oliver (Actor)

Alaska Seas 1953 (Movie)

Knifer (Actor)

Three Young Texans 1953 (Movie)

Catur (Actor)

Vicki 1952 (Movie)

Harry Williams (Actor)

The Black Widow (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (8)

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

(From Story)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

The Loner 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Writer

Man of Fear 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Writer

Wagon Train (TV Show)

Writer
Other (2)

The Renegades 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

The Renegades (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

A title holder in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific producer in television history, Aaron Spelling quietly oversaw some five decades of popular programming that ranged from "The Mod Squad" (ABC, 1968-1973) and "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79) to "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981), "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986), "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) and "7th Heaven" (The WB, 1996-2007). An aspiring playwright, Spelling broke into television in the late 1950s, penning scripts for live television before moving into production in the early 1960s. Spelling's most notable series were marked by the simplicity of their plots and characters and the attractive performers he hired to populate them. Critics derided his work as shallow, but audiences loved his shows, which kept their producer active well into his eighth decade. Later known as the father of "90210" star Tori Spelling, the sweet-natured producer's affection for a juicy story, told with verve by an appealing cast, gave his work a lasting immortality that endured long after his controversial passing in 2006.

Relationships

Pearl Spelling

Mother

Daniel Spelling

Brother

Max Spelling

Brother

Sam Spelling

Brother

Becky Spelling

Sister

Carolyn Jones Actor

Wife

Carolyn Jones

Wife
married in 1953 divorced in 1965 died of cancer on August 3, 1983 perhaps best recalled as Morticia on the ABC series "The Addams Family"

Candy Spelling

Wife
born on September 20, 1945 married on November 23, 1968 mother of Tori and Randy

David Spelling

Father
worked for Sears

Tori Spelling Actor

Daughter
Born May 16, 1973; mother, Candy Spelling; starred on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox), produced by her father

Randy Spelling Actor

Son
Born Oct. 9, 1978; mother, Candy Spelling

Victoria Spelling

Daughter
born on May 16, 1973 co-star of father's "Beverly Hills, 90210" claimed to have auditioned for the show without her father's knowledge supposedly nicknamed 'Tori' at suggestion of Barbara Stanwyck

Randall Spelling

Son
born on October 9, 1976 made TV acting debut in NBC pilot "Malibu Shores" (1995) produced by his father later appeared on father's soap "Sunset Beach"

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas 1949
served as a cheerleader; attended on the GI Bill; school honored him with its distinguished alumnus award in 1998

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1945 - 1946

Milestones

2004

Executive produced the short-lived WB drama "Summerland"

2000

Produced the NBC fall primetime serial "Titans"

1999

Served as an executive producer of the feature version of "The Mod Squad"; last project under the film production arm of Spelling Entertainment

1998

Honored by ABC with "An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling"

1998

Created the WB series "Charmed" reuniting him with "90210" star Shannen Doherty; Doherty left the show in 2001

1996

Served as one of the executive producers of "Malibu Shores", a short-lived NBC serial featuring son Randy

1996

Was one of the executive producers of the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory"

1996

Had surprise success with the family drama "7th Heaven" on The WB

1994

Oversaw the syndicated efforts "Heaven Help Us" and "Robin's Hoods"

1993

With E Duke Vincent, served as executive producer of the acclaimed Emmy-winning HBO movie about the AIDS crisis "And the Band Played On"

1992

Stumbled with "2000 Malibu Road", a CBS series co-executive produced with Joel Schumacher

1991

Revisited another of his successes with the miniseries "Dynasty: The Reunion" (ABC)

1991

Last feature credit for eight years, "Soapdish"

1989

Won Emmy for the three-hour drama about the atom bomb, "Day One"; aired on CBS

1988

Merged company with Worldvision Enterprises into Spelling Inc.; named chairman of Spelling Inc.

1986

Executive produced a series of "Love Boat" TV-movies

1986

First venture into the miniseries genre "Crossings" (CBS)

1983

Had big screen hit with "Mr. Mom"

1982

Received Emmy nomination for "Dynasty"

1981

With Cramer, was executive producer of the ABC TV-movie about anorexia "The Best Little Girl in the World", starring Jennifer Jason Leigh

1979

With Danny Thomas, was executive producer of the ABC TV-movie "The Return of the Mod Squad"

1976

Executive produced the acclaimed TV-movie "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (ABC), starring John Travolta

1970

Produced over 10 made-for-TV movies for ABC

1969

Received first Emmy nomination for "Mod Squad" (ABC)

1968

TV-movie producing debut "The Ballad of Andy Crocker" (ABC)

1963

Served as producer of the ABC series "Burke's Law" and its 1965-1966 revamp "Amos Burke, Secret Agent"

1961

Produced the episode of "The Dick Powell Show" that introduced the character of Amos Burke

1960

Produced first feature, "Guns of the Timberland"; also scripted

1957

Became producer at Four Star

1956

Sold his first script to Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater"

1953

Acted in first feature, "Vicki"

1941

Served in US Air Force; worked as a correspondent for STARS AND STRIPES; wounded by sniper's bullet in left hand and knee

Retemed with Goldberg as executive producer of the genial detective series "Hart to Hart", co-starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers

Raised in Texas

With Douglas S Cramer, executive produced the long-running anthology series "The Love Boat" (ABC)

Served as president of Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc., Los Angeles

Had a hit with the ABC police drama "S.W.A.T."

Scored a hit with "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox); daughter Tori featured as one of the regulars; son Randy had recurring role

Formed Torand Productions Inc.

Served as one of the executive producers of "Charlie's Angels"; reteamed with "Rookies" star Kate Jackson

Had another success with the anthology "Hotel" (ABC)

Worked as one of the directors on the sitcom, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS)

Ventured into daytime television with the NBC soap opera "Sunset Beach"; son Randy was featured in a regular role

Operated (with Danny Thomas) Thomas-Spelling Productions; produced such shows as "The Danny Thomas Hour" (NBC, 1967-1968), "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (ABC, 1967-1969) and "The Mod Squad" (ABC, 1968-1973)

With Goldberg, executive produced the hit ABC cop drama "Starsky and Hutch"

Ran into a spate of bad luck with "Models Inc." (Fox), "Madman of the People" (NBC) and "Winnetka Road" (NBC)

With Leonard Goldberg, formed and served as co-president of Spelling-Goldberg Productions

Directed several plays at Playhouse and Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, Texas, and the Players Theatre in Los Angeles

Created first TV series, "Johnny Ringo" (CBS); also producer and writer

Wrote his first play, "Thorns in the Road", based on his nightmarish WWII experiences; staged play with his "mail-room guys"--a group of fledgling actors who worked in the same office building as he did when he arrived in Los Angeles

Served as an executive producer on "T.J. Hooker"

Attempted to translate his primetime sopa opera success to the fledling The WB with "Savannah"

Executive produced "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS)

Fox's "Melrose Place" also proved to be a hit

Had success with Cramer as executive producers of "Fantasy Island" (ABC)

Moved into the genre of primetime soaps with "Dynasty"; one of four executive producers

Revived "The Love Boat" for UPN

Served as a contributing writer to the ABC police drama "The Rookies"; also was one of the executive producers

Rose to chairman and chief executive officer Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc.; took his company public in 1986

Remake of "Burke's Law" aired on CBS

Received three Emmy nominations for the drama series "Family" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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Although many sources list his birth year as 1928, those that say 1923 are probably correct. A 1928 birthday would have made him a 14-year-old war correspondent during World War II.

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He was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.

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He was named Man of the Year by the B'nai B'rith Beverly Hills Chapter (1972 and 1985).

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He was named Man of the Year by the Publicists Guild of America in 1971.

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Honored with the NAACP Image Award at least six times (begining in 1970), a record unmatched by any other Hollywood producer

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Honored with the Scopus Award by the American Friends of Hebrew University (Jerusalem) in 1993

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In 1988, Spelling received the Winston Churchill Medal of Wisdom, a private humanitarian award previously given to Dwight Eisenhower, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope.

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In January 28, 2006, he was sued by his former nurse for sexual harassment and discrimination, retaliation, sexual battery (for making "contact with the plaintiff's intimate parts"), assault, wrongful termination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

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Named Humanitarian of the Year in 1983

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On June 18, 2006, he suffered a stroke at his home in California; Spelling died five days later at his Los Angeles home

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Spelling received a tribute at the 1991 People's Choice Awards (aired on March 17, 1992) citing his "innate sense of the public taste."

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Spelling successfully underwent treatment for a throat lesion in summer 2001.

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Spelling's very occasional feature film productions have included "Baby Blue Marine" (1975), "Mr. Mom" (1983), "'night, Mother" (1986), "Surrender" (1987), "Loose Cannons" (1989) and "Soapdish" (1991).

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