Don Fedderson

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Donald "Don" Fedderson (April 16, 1913, Beresford, South Dakota – December 18, 1994, Los Angeles, California) was an American television executive producer who created a number of television programs including The Millionaire, Date with the Angels, Who Do You Trust?, Family Affair, To Rome with Love, and The Smith Family. He also syndicated The Lawrence Welk Show following ABC's cancellation of the series in 1971.

Fedderson's biggest success on television, however, began in 1960 with My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray, which Fedderson produced but did not actually create. The show aired for five years on ABC and another seven on CBS, producing a total of 380 episodes, making it the second longest live-action sitcom in history.


Fedderson was married to Helen Fedderson and then actress Tido Minor (Helen Minor). He fathered seven children, two of whom became actors, Gregg Fedderson (deceased) and Mike Minor; the latter is best remembered as a co-star on the TV series Petticoat Junction. In 1969, after being divorced, he married actress Yvonne Lime Fedderson, the co-founder of Childhelp. They remained married until his death.

His death[edit]

Fedderson died on December 18, 1994, at the age of eighty-one from heart problems while being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[1]