Norman Felton

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Norman Felton (April 29, 1913 – June 25, 2012) was a British-born American television producer, known for his involvement in shows such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare, both on NBC.

Background[edit]

Norman Francis Felton was born in London, the son of John Felton, a lithographer, and Gertrude Anne Felton, a cleaning lady.[1][2] He left school at 13 to go to work. In 1929 the family emigrated to the USA where they settled in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] 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.[2] In 1940 he married Aline Stotts, they had three children.[1]

Early career[edit]

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.[1]

The 1960s[edit]

The greatest successes of Felton's career came in the 1960s, when he produced and developed several classic television shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare.[2]

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.

Felton made one cameo appearance in U.N.C.L.E., as a chess player in the party scene of the first season episode, "The Giuoco Piano Affair".

At this time, he was also executive producer of the Wendell Corey/Jack Ging/Ralph Bellamy medical drama focusing on psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, which aired on NBC from 1962-1964.[2]

Later career[edit]

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.[2]

In 1997 he was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Producers Guild of America.[3]

He died of natural causes in Santa Barbara, California on June 25, 2012.[4] Felton was survived by a son and daughter, two grandsons and a great-grandson.[2]

Norman Felton awards[edit]

Norman Felton lent his name to multiple awards:

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