Alan David Yorkin
February 22, 1926
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Director, producer, writer, actor.
Cynthia Sikes (1989-present)
Alan David "Bud" Yorkin (born February 22, 1926) is an American film and television producer, director, writer and actor.
Background [ edit ]
Yorkin was born in the
Pittsburgh area city of Washington, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1954, Yorkin became the producer of
NBC's , a 15-minute variety program which preceded the nightly news on Monday evenings. In 1956, he became the producer and director of The Tony Martin Show Tennessee Ernie Ford's NBC half-hour comedy/variety program, . The Ford Show [1 ]
In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer
Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists and Warner Bros.
Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special
which won nine An Evening With Fred Astaire, Emmy Awards. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the '70s, such as , All in the Family , Maude , and Good Times . Sanford and Son
After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful
Sanford and Son spin-off sitcom . In 1976, he formed Grady TOY Productions with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son from 1974–1977), but their two hits were and What's Happening!! . TOY Productions was acquired by Carter Country Columbia Pictures Television in 1979. [2 ]
In 1999, he and Lear were awarded the
Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the [3 ] Television Hall of Fame. [4 ]
Yorkin's film directing credits include
, The Thief Who Came to Dinner and Divorce American Style Inspector Clouseau (film) of the Pink Panther series.
Personal life [ edit ]
Yorkin is the father of television writer and producer
Nicole Yorkin. He is married to actress Cynthia Sikes.
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