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Norman Lear

Norman Lear

Producer

Norman Milton Lear is an American television writer and producer who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude. As a political activist, he founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way in 1981 and has supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Enie/Jeanette (Sokolovsky) and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. His grandparents were all Russian Jewish immigrants. Jeanette was the inspiration for the character Edith Bunker, and Herman for Archie Bunker. Lear won a one year-scholarship to Emerson College. He dropped out when news about Pearl Harbor struck, and decided to enroll in the United States Army. He was nineteen. In the army, Norman was a radio operator. He was discharged in 1945. Norman landed a press agent job but was not being paid well so decided to pursue another career. In 1954, he was a writer for the CBS sitcom, Honestly, Celeste! Lear then became the producer of NBC's The Martha Raye Show. In 1959, he created his first TV series with Roland Kibbee, The Deputy, on NBC, starring Henry Fonda. In 1967 his comedic writing career began. He wrote and produced the 1967 film, Divorce American Style, and directed the film, Cold Turkey, starring Dick Van Dyke. All In The Family came about when Lear read a British column on the show "Til Death Do Us Part", about a father and a son-in-law who fought about everything politically. He immediately knew it was just like him and his father. Lear tried to sell the "blue" collar sitcom to ABC, and two pilots were filmed and rejected. A third pilot was filmed, and CBS picked up the show. It premiered on January 12, 1971. When it was first aired, a big warning appeared on the screen stating none of the content being presented should be taken seriously and should only be seen for the purpose of hilarity. Next came Sanford And Son, along with creator Bud Yorkin, in 1972. It was inspired by British sitcom Steptoe and Son. In All In The Family, a guest-star named Bea Arthur appeared in an episode and in 1972 the first spin-off was formed called Maude, starring Arthur. A memorable episode from Maude which struck a degree of controversy was the abortion episode. A spin-off from Maude, Good Times, with the maid character played by Esther Rolle, premiered in 1974, dealing with issues like poverty, crime, welfare and life in low-income African-American housing areas. This wasn't the only sitcom to depict life for African-Americans: in 1975 The Jeffersons, another spin-off from All In The Family, followed. All In The Family received multiple Emmy awards. Good Times ran for five seasons till 1979, with multiple Golden Globe nominations. Maude ran for six seasons, till 1978, receiving multiple Emmy and Golden Globe wins and nominations. Sanford and Son ended in 1977 with a Golden Globe win and several Emmy nominations. All In The Family ended in 1979, after nine seasons. Next came another spin-off of the show called Archie Bunker's Place, with Caroll O'Connor and Danielle Brisebois. Archie Bunker's Place ended in 1983, and was his last successful television show. Lear made a comeback in 1990 with several short-lived shows, including Sunday Dinner and 704 Hauser.

Born: July 27, 1922 (Age 99) in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Known For
Streaming sources for The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
Streaming sources for All in the Family
All in the Family
Streaming sources for One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time
Streaming sources for Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Filmography
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
7.5
Actor Self 1992
Movie
7.1
Actor Himself 2017
Movie
7.6
Actor Himself 2016
Movie
Actor Himself 1997
Movie
7.3
Actor Self 2019
Movie
Actor 2020
TV Show
6.5
Actor (1 Episode) 1996
TV Show
7.6
Actor Self
(1 Episode)
2005-2012
Limited Series
8.6
Actor Himself
(5 Episodes)
2020-2020
TV Show
7.7
Actor (1 Episode) 1975
TV Show
7.9
Actor (1 Episode) 2004-2005
TV Show
8.2
Actor Himself
(1 Episode)
1996
TV Show
7.7
Actor Self
(1 Episode)
2015
TV Show
6.3
Actor Self
(1 Episode)
2016
TV Show
7.8
Actor Self - Guest
(1 Episode)
1968-1986
TV Show
8.3
Actor (1 Episode) 1997
TV Show
7.9
Actor (1 Episode) 1989
TV Show
8.7
Actor Self
(1 Episode)
2012
Short Film
7.6
Actor 2005
Short Film
7.3
Actor 1978
Movie
7.1
Actor Himself 2007
TV Special
7.5
Actor Himself - Co-Host 2019
Movie
7.7
Actor Self 2021
TV Show
4.1
Actor Himself
(8 Episodes)
2016
TV Special
7.4
Actor Himself (host) 2019
Movie
6.7
Directing Director, Screenplay, Producer 1971
Movie
6.2
Writing Screenplay, Producer 1963
Movie
6.6
Writing Screenplay, Producer 1967
Movie
7.1
Crew Additional Dialogue 1953
Movie
6.6
Production Executive Producer 1970
Movie
6.3
Writing Screenplay, Producer 1968
Movie
8.5
Production Executive Producer 1987
Movie
6.1
Production Producer 1973
Limited Series
4.8
Directing Creator, Writer, Director 1994
TV Show
7.8
Creator Creator 1977
TV Show
8.1
Directing Executive Producer, Producer, Creator, Director, Writer
(210 Episodes)
1971-1979
TV Show
8.6
Creator Creator 1978-1978
TV Show
6.4
Creator Creator 1979-1983
TV Show
7.9
Creator Creator 1977-1977
TV Show
7.5
Production Producer
(133 Episodes)
1974-1979
TV Show
7.8
Production Producer
(13 Episodes)
1975-1975
TV Show
7.7
Production Producer, Creator
(307 Episodes)
1976-1977
TV Show
7.3
Production Executive Producer, Creator
(141 Episodes)
1972-1978
TV Show
8.5
Production Executive Producer
(39 Episodes)
2017-2020
TV Show
6.5
Production Producer
(210 Episodes)
1975-1984
TV Show
8.1
Production Producer, Creator
(136 Episodes)
1972-1977
TV Show
6.4
Writing Writer
(1 Episode)
1950-1955
TV Show
6.9
Creator Creator 1959-1961
TV Show
7.1
Creator Creator 1979-1988
TV Show
7.6
Creator Creator 1975-1985
TV Show
8.2
Directing Producer, Director
(21 Episodes)
1992-1993
TV Show
Production Producer
(5 Episodes)
1977
TV Show
7.3
Creator Creator 1976-1977
TV Show
7.1
Production Producer
(18 Episodes)
1980-1981
TV Show
6.5
Production Producer, Creator, Writer
(6 Episodes)
1984-1984
TV Show
Production Producer
(4 Episodes)
1979
TV Show
Creator Creator 1978
TV Show
Production Producer
(13 Episodes)
1997
TV Show
Production Producer, Creator, Writer
(6 Episodes)
1991-1991
TV Special
7.5
Production Executive Producer, Original Series Creator 2019
Movie
7.7
Production Executive Producer 2021
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year

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