Alan David "Bud" Yorkin (February 22, 1926 – August 18, 2015) was an American film and television producer, director, writer and actor.
Biography [ edit ]
Yorkin was born in
Washington, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [1 ]
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 [2 ]
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 1970s, such as , All in the Family , Maude and Good Times . 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 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) and their two hits were and What's Happening!! . TOY Productions was acquired by Carter Country Columbia Pictures Television in 1979. [3 ]
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 Television Hall of Fame. [4 ]
Yorkin died of natural causes on August 18, 2015 at the age of 89. He was married to actress
Cynthia Sikes, and was the father of television writer and producer Nicole Yorkin. He was a member of the [5 ] Wilshire Boulevard Temple. [6 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
As director [ edit ]
As producer [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Woo, Elaine (18 August 2015). "Bud Yorkin dies at 89; partner in TV's 'All in the Family,' 'Sanford and Son. '" . Los Angeles Times
^ McNeil, Alex (1985). Total Television. Penguin Books. pp. 824–825. ISBN 978-0140073775.
^ "New TOY". : 39. 19 February 1979. Broadcasting ISSN 1068-6827.
^ "Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences . Retrieved . 19 August 2015
^ Roberts, Sam (18 August 2015). "Bud Yorkin, Writer and Producer of ‘All in the Family,’ Dies at 89". . The New York Times
^ Hollywood Reporter: "Hollywood's Hottest $150 Million Project Is an 83-Year-Old Synagogue - Studio heads, agency chieftains and top producers have come together, "Avengers"-style, to save their iconic but decaying Wilshire Boulevard Temple -- an A-list house of worship far from the Westside" by Gary Baum May 30, 2012
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