Norman MacDonnell (November 8, 1916, in Pasadena, California – November 28, 1979, in Burbank, California) was an American radio and television producer best known for co-creating (along with John Meston) and producing the Western radio and television series, Gunsmoke. He was also a long-time executive producer for the television series The Virginian.
Macdonnell was active during the days of old-time radio. Programs for which he was producer, director, or both included The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Escape, Fort Laramie, Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Harold Peary Show, Suspense,  The Green Lama  and Rogers of the Gazette.
The website tv.com described Macdonnell as being "immortalized with his creation of the longest-running prime-time drama series in TV history" (Gunsmoke). The site went on to say:
Through its intelligent scripts, strong performances and innovative sound effects, Gunsmoke captivated audiences. With the boom of television, Gunsmoke came to the airwaves in 1955 for the start of a 20 year run. MacDonnell came on board the TV series in 1956. As a producer, he led Gunsmoke to four straight years as TV's number one program.
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