Angell in 2000
|Born||David Lawrence Angell
April 10, 1946
West Barrington, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2001
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Terrorist engineered crash of American Airlines Flight 11|
|Residence||Chatham, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Providence College|
|Home town||Barrington, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Lynn Edwards (1971–September 11, 2001; their deaths)|
|Parent(s)||Henry and Mae (née Cooney) Angell|
|Awards||24 Emmy Awards|
David Lawrence Angell (April 10, 1946 – September 11, 2001) was an American producer of sitcoms. Angell won multiple Emmy Awards as the creator and executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the comedy series Frasier. Angell and his wife Lynn both died aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, during the September 11 attacks.
Early life and education
Angell was born in West Barrington, Rhode Island to Henry and Mae (née Cooney) Angell. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the U.S. Army upon graduation and served at the Pentagon until 1972. He then moved to Boston and worked as a methods analyst at an engineering company and later at an insurance firm in Rhode Island. His brother, the Most Rev. Kenneth Angell, is a Roman Catholic prelate and former Bishop of Burlington, Vermont.
Angell moved to Los Angeles in 1977. His first script was sold to the producers of the Annie Flynn series. Five years later, he sold his second script to Archie Bunker's Place. In 1983, he joined Cheers as a staff writer. In 1985, Angell joined forces with Peter Casey and David Lee as Cheers supervising producers/writers. The trio received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won 24 Emmy Awards, including the above-mentioned for Frasier, as well as an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for Cheers, in 1989, which Angell, Casey, Lee and the series' other producers shared, and Outstanding Writing/Comedy Emmy for Cheers, which Angell received in 1984. After working together as producers on Cheers, Angell, Casey and Lee formed Grub Street Productions. In 1990, they created and executive-produced the comedy series Wings.
Angell and his wife, Lynn, were among the passengers of American Airlines Flight 11 who were killed in the September 11 attacks, when the plane was hijacked by members of Al Qaeda and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001.
The American Screenwriters Association awards the annual David Angell Humanitarian Award to any individual in the entertainment industry who contributes to global well-being through donations of time, expertise or other support to improve the human condition.
Season 4, Episode 24 of "Frasier" (Odd Man Out), airing May 27th, 1997, features a woman on Frasier's answering machine. Her flight in is on American Airlines Flight 11. Flight 11 was the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and, in a tragic coincidence, David Angell, one of the show's producers, was on the plane that day.
Season 9, Episode 2, of Frasier (Don Juan in Hell: Part 2), airing on September 25, 2001, ended with the memorial tribute, "In loving memory of our friends Lynn and David Angell".
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- "Remembering September 11, 2001: David Angell Obituary". Legacy.com.
- Profile, legacy.com; accessed March 30, 2015.
- Bowen, Kit (September 14, 2001). "News commentator, "Frasier" producer among hijacking victims". Hollywood.com.
- "Angell, Olson among industry victims". The Hollywood Reporter. September 12, 2001.
- David Lawrence Angell. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
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