Norman Lear

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Writer and executive producer Norman Lear was one of the very few individuals who had a profound impact on the development of television. After spending almost two decades honing his skills on various comedy shows ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1922 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Star Talk 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Stand Up Planet 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ghettophysics 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin 2004 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

VH1 Goes Inside South Park 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Stein's Brain 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Betty Friedan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Color Adjustment 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth "R," The 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (37)

El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Slam Planet 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

All in the Family 1954 - 1957, 1970 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Channel Umptee-3 1954 - 1957, 1970 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Way Past Cool 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Dear Jesse 1998 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

Sunday Dinner 1979 - 1980, 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Baxters 1979 - 1980, 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Exile 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

P.O.P. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

a.k.a. Pablo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Palmerstown U.S.A. 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Dog's Life 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Dugan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

King of the Road 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Year at the Top 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Nancy Walker Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Never Too Late 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good Times (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heartsounds (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maude (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (9)

South Park 1979 - 1980, 1990 - 1994, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1954 - 1957, 1979 - 1980, 1990 - 1994, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Writer

Apple Pie 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Creator

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scared Stiff (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Executive (3)

All That Glitters 1954 - 1957, 1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Solo en America 1954 - 1957, 1970 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Hereafter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Development Executive
Director (3)

704 Hauser Street 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

The Powers That Be 1979 - 1980, 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (1)

The Jeffersons 1954 - 1957, 1970 - 1985, 1990 - 1994, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Production Supervisor

Biography

Writer and executive producer Norman Lear was one of the very few individuals who had a profound impact on the development of television. After spending almost two decades honing his skills on various comedy shows during television's golden age, Lear created "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79), a groundbreaking and often controversial series that laid waste to the sitcom mold by tackling taboo issues like racism, gender roles and the war in Vietnam, while remaining one of the funniest and most well-written shows in television history. Though Lear wore his liberal views on his sleeve, "All in the Family" was strangely embraced by conservative America, which largely agreed with his creation's curmudgeonly main character, who wanted a return to the good old days. The show also became famous for spawning a number of spin-offs, namely "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78) and "The Jeffersons" (CBS, 1975-1985). All three series lived on past cancellation, gaining new generations of fans in repeated syndication airings. While he would prove instrumental in other hits like "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79) and "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984), Lear would always be remembered as not only an innovator, but an icon of American television, due mainly to the timeless appeal of his biggest and most influential hit, "All in the Family."

Relationships

Jeannette Lear

Mother

Lyn Davis

Wife

Kate LaPook

Daughter
Born c. 1958 mother, Frances Lear works at father's company Act III Communications

Herman Lear

Father

Frances Lear

Wife
Divorced 1986; she received $110 million in divorce settlement, which was used to start Lear's magazine Died of breast cancer September 1996

Brianna Lear

Daughter
Born in November 1994 (to a surrogate) twin of Madelaine mother, Lyn Lear

Ellen Lear

Daughter
Born c. 1947 mother was Lear's first wife

Madelaine Lear

Daughter
Born in November 1994 (to a surrogate) twin of Brianna mother, Lyn Lear

Maggie Lear

Daughter
Born c. 1959 mother, Frances Lear

Benjamin Lear

Son
Born c. 1988 mother, Lyn Lear

Charlotte Rosen

Wife
Married c. 1945 Divorced

EDUCATION

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts 1940 - 1942
Dropped out to join the Air Force during WWII

Weaver High School

Hartford , Connecticut 1940

Milestones

2007

Executive produced, "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" about the folk artist

2003

Voiced Benjamin Franklin in an episode of "South Park" (Comedy Central)

2001

Produced (with Rob Reiner) a filmed, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia

1994

Created and produced the short-lived CBS sitcom, "704 Hauser Street"

1992

Created and produced, "The Powers That Be" (NBC)

1991

Returned to series TV as creator and executive producer of "Sunday Dinner" (CBS)

1991

Produced the film, "Fried Green Tomatoes"

1987

Produced Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"

1986

Sold Embassy Communications to Columbia Pictures (then owned by the Coca-Cola Company); founded Act III Communications (with Tom McGrath)

1986

Financed Rob Reiner's second film, "Stand by Me"; produced by Lear's Act III Communications

1984

Produced the short-lived ABC sitcom, "a.k.a. Pablo"

1984

Financed Rob Reiner's mockumentary, "This is Spinal Tap"

1982

With partner Jerry Perenchio purchased Embassy Films; re-named company Embassy Communications

1982

Produced the ABC variety special, "I Love Liberty"

1980

Co-created (with Alex Haley) and co-executive produced, "Palmerstown USA" (CBS)

1976

Created the CBS series, "All's Fair"

1976

Produced the soap opera parody, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated)

1975

Executive produced the CBS sitcom, "One Day at a Time"

1975

Created "The Jeffersons" (CBS), another spin-off series from "All in the Family"

1974

Ended partnership with Yorkin and went on to form TAT Communications

1972

Created and co-executive produced, "Maude" (CBS); a spin-off sitcom from "All in the Family"

1972

Co-created and co-executive produced, "Sanford and Son" (NBC)

1970

Created the popular sitcom, "All in the Family" (CBS); also produced and wrote several episodes

1970

Feature directing debut "Cold Turkey" starred Dick Van Dyke

1967

Wrote and produced, "Divorce American Style"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay

1963

Produced first film (with Yorkin), "Come Blow Your Horn"; also scripted

1962

Produced "The Andy Williams Show" (NBC)

1961

First TV pilot as producer, "Band of Gold" (CBS)

1959

Created first series, the half-hour NBC western starring Henry Fonda, "The Deputy"

1959

Founded Tandem Productions with Bud Yorkin

1955

Produced the NBC series, "The Martha Raye Show"; also wrote and directed several episodes

1953

First screenwriting credit, "Scared Stiff"

1951

Joined the NBC show "Ford Star Review" as a staff writer

1941

Served in the Air Force during WWII

Worked in public relations

Bonus Trivia

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Named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society in 1973.

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Received the 1976 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

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Lear was inducted in to the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.

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The "TAT" in TAT Communications, Lear's company from 1974-82, comes from a Yiddish expression "Tochis Affen Tisch," which means "Put up or shut up," or literally means, "put your ass on the table."

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Received the Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association in 1977.

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In 1999, President Bill Clinton awarded the National Medal of Arts to Lear.

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In 1989, Lear founded the Business Enterprise Trust, an educational program that used annual awards, business school case studies, and videos to spotlight exemplary social innovations in American business.

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In 2000, he established the Norman Lear Center, a multidisciplinary research and public policy center for exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society, at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.

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