Norman Francis Felton was born in London, the son of John Felton, a lithographer, and Gertrude Anne Felton, a cleaning lady. He left school at 13 to go to work. In 1929 the family emigrated to the USA where they settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Felton left his job as a truck driver to attend The University of Iowa where he received a bachelor's degree in 1940 and a master's in 1941. In 1940 he married Aline Stotts, they had three children.
Felton started out directing community theatre before becoming a producer-director of radio programs for NBC in Chicago. In 1950 he moved to New York to direct live television shows. In 1952 he won an Emmy award for Robert Montgomery Presents.
It was Felton who approached James Bond creator Ian Fleming to collaborate in the development of U.N.C.L.E. When contractual obligations forced Fleming to pull out, Felton brought in Sam Rolfe to replace him. In 1965, he received a Golden Globe Award for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and 1966 he received an Emmy Award nomination for the same show.
In 1975, he produced the made-for-television film Babe (for which he received another Emmy nomination) and in 1979, And Your Name Is Jonah. He also produced Hawkins, a drama featuring James Stewart as a defense lawyer, and the prime-time soap, Executive Suite.
Norman Felton awards
Norman Felton lent his name to multiple awards:
- The Death Penalty Focus organization's Aline and Norman Felton Humanitarian Award
- Producers Guild of America's Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award
- Best of Luck: The Education of Norman Felton in Books at Iowa 1985, no. 43, pp. 3-14.
- "Producer Norman Felton Dies at 99". Variety. July 4, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "The Man From Uncle producer Norman Felton dies at 99". BBC News. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Norman Felton.|
- Norman Felton at the Internet Movie Database
- Papers of Norman Felton are housed at The University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives
- Best of Luck: The Education of Norman Felton from Books at Iowa 43, Nov. 1985.
- Norman Felton Interview at The Archive of American Television