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Burt Sugarman

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Burt Sugarman
Burton Roy Sugarman

(1939-01-04) January 4, 1939 (age 85)
Occupation(s)Film and television producer, businessman- founder of Burt Sugarman Productions, part company owner of Barris Industries
Pauline Schur
(m. 1957; div. 1961)
(m. 1975; div. 1980)
(m. 1989)

Burton Roy Sugarman (born January 4, 1939) is an American film and television producer[1] best known for creating and producing the iconic 1970s/early '80s variety series The Midnight Special, which served as a showcase for popular musical groups of the time.

Sugarman also produced the 1970s game shows Celebrity Sweepstakes, Whew! and The Wizard of Odds, and the short-lived series The Richard Pryor Show. During 1979, Sugarman also owned shares in Old Tucson Corporation, which owned the Old Tucson and Old Vegas amusement parks in Arizona and Nevada.[2][3][4]

In the 1980s, he produced the motion pictures Kiss Me Goodbye, Extremities and Children of a Lesser God. He was the executive producer of the film Crimes of the Heart in 1986 and television series The Newlywed Game 1988. He was also part owner of Barris Industries (later known as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company) before it was sold to Sony in 1989. During the late 1980s, Burt Sugarman was a member of The Giant Group, which they had bought investments in media firms, like broadcasting firm Reeves Entertainment Group, and television broadcaster/cable system operator/newspaper owner Media General in 1987.[5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Sugarman married television personality and talk show host Mary Hart in 1989; they have one son.[8] He had previously been married to Pauline Schur and to the late actress Carol Wayne, and was engaged to actresses Ann-Margret and Myrna Hansen.

Producer (as EP)[edit]

Year Title
1969 Dionne Warwick -Souled Out (TV Special)
1970 The Switched On Symphony (TV Special)
1970 Changing Scene (TV Special)
1970 Changing Scene II (TV Special)
1971 Changing Scene III (TV Special)
1971 Changing Scene IV (TV Special)
1971 Stand Up and Cheer (TV series) (EP-2 Episodes)
1971 The Manipulator
1972 The Jud Strunk Show (TV special)
1973 The Wizard of Odds (TV series)
1973 The Midnight Special (producer)
1974 Celebrity Sweepstakes (TV series; co-produced with Ralph Andrews Productions)
1977 The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special)
1977 The Richard Pryor Show (TV series)
1977 Billboard No.1 Music Awards (TV series)
1979–1980 Whew! (TV series; co-produced with Jay Wolpert Productions; previously a Bud Austin production)
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
1986 Extremeties
1986 Children of a Lesser God
1986 Crimes of the Heart (EP)
1988 The Newlywed Game (TV series)
1990 Mary Hart Presents Love in the Public Eye (TV Special)


Year Title
1974 Rock Concert (TV series)
1983 The Last Fight
1988 The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
2008–2010 Entertainment Tonight (TV series)


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ "Old Vegas Park Sale Planned". Henderson Home News. February 8, 1979. p. 23. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Stafford, Mary (March 20, 1979). "Old Vegas to reopen in April as Westworld". Henderson Home News. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sugarman Sells Interest In Westworld". Henderson Home News. September 25, 1979. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Barris said it may raise its stake in Reeves". Los Angeles Times. 16 July 1987. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Burt Sugarman Acquires 5.3% Stake In Reeves". Variety. 1987-07-22. p. 51.
  7. ^ "Sugarman Makes Unsolicited Bid To Acquire Media General Firm". Variety. 1987-10-28. p. 45.
  8. ^ Los Angeles Times

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