Fred Silverman

Executive, Producer
A television legend responsible for some of the most iconic shows of the 1970s, network executive Fred Silverman has remained the only individual who headed the programming divisions of the three major networks - CBS ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1937 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (86)

America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back 2008, 2011 (Tv Show)

Producer

MyNetwork TV Premiere Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Supervising Producer

Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

After Midnight 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Producer

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The FBI's Ten Most Wanted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Twenty One 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bone Chillers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Very Best Friend 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fast Company 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along With Me 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Heist 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Scam 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Legacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Vacation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perfect Crimes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Father Dowling Mysteries 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Johnny B... On the Loose 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Piggsburg Pigs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dr. Ruth's House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Max Monroe: Loose Cannon 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One of the Boys 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We Got it Made (Syndicated) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Honeymoon Hotel 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Time of Their Lives 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

2 1/2 Dads 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Morningstar/Eveningstar 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mighty Orbots 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big John 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Great Day 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Love Report 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Thicke of the Night 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We Got It Made 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Meatballs and Spaghetti 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pandamonium 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Twist of the Knife (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bedtime (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Diagnosis of Murder (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Diary of a Perfect Murder (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Drive Time Murders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Farrell For the People (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gramps (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jake and the Fatman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder Among Friends (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason Returns (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Recipe For Murder (TV Show)

Executive Producer

She Knows Too Much (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Special Report: Journey to Mars (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The House on Sycamore Street (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (9)

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Healthcare Crisis: Who's at Risk? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Living With Cancer: A Message of Hope 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director
Other (1)

Biography

A television legend responsible for some of the most iconic shows of the 1970s, network executive Fred Silverman has remained the only individual who headed the programming divisions of the three major networks - CBS, ABC, NBC - while churning out hit after hit. After starting his career with local New York stations, Silverman thrived at CBS as a programming executive who made his name by putting such iconic series as "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), and "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983) onto the air. Despite his quick and steady success, he was unhappy with CBS and soon moved on to run ABC, where he revitalized the flagging network with other classic shows like "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981), "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986) and "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1978-1984). With a solid decade of near unprecedented success, Silverman took a step up in title and responsibility with his new network, NBC, only to fall flat after boasting he could turn around their misfortunes in less than a year. Though he had a couple of hits with "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) and "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1986), Silverman was largely responsible for a number of flops as well as the short, but disastrous reign of producer Jean Doumanian on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). But he rebounded as an independent producer with "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995), "Jake and the Fatman" (CBS, 1987-1992) and "Diagnosis: Murder" (CBS, 1993-2001), cementing his legacy as one of the small screen's greatest behind-the-scenes talents.

Relationships

Father

Cathy Kihn

Wife
children were raised in her Roman Catholic faith

Melissa Silverman

Daughter
working in motion picture design

William Silverman

Son
was student as Vassar from 1995

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Milestones

1993

Launched "Diagnosis Murder" as weekly series (CBS)

1988

Launched "In the Heat of the Night" as weekly series (NBC, later CBS)

1986

Partnered with Dean Hargrove to launch first hit series, "Matlock" (NBC)

1985

Revived "Perry Mason" as TV-movies for NBC

1981

Formed independent production company

1978

Joined NBC as president and CEO

1975

Appointed president, ABC Entertainment

1969

Named vice president programs at CBS

1963

Headed daytime programming at CBS

Worked at WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, and at WPIX in New York, New York

Executive produced "We've Got It Made" (NBC; later in syndication)

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Silverman had a heart attack in 1996. He told the LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 28, 1996: "[It] woke me up a little bit. This is just a job; it's not a religious calling."

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