Joe Hamilton (producer)

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Joe Hamilton
Fred Allen and The Skylarks Judge For Yourself 1954.JPG
Hamilton at left with Fred Allen as a member of The Skylarks in 1954, the group was part of the Judge for Yourself cast
Joseph Henry Hamilton Jr.

(1929-01-06)January 6, 1929
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJune 9, 1991(1991-06-09) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Burial placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Spouse(s)Gloria Hartley
Carol Burnett
(m. 1963; div. 1984)

Sandy Troggio (m. 1991)
Children11, including Carrie and Erin Hamilton
RelativesKipp Hamilton (sister)

Joseph Henry Hamilton Jr. (January 6, 1929 – June 9, 1991) was an American television producer and actor.


Beginning his career as a singer and composer with a vocal group, The Skylarks, Hamilton became the producer of The Garry Moore Show in 1958, where actress Carol Burnett was a regular. With The Skylarks, he appeared on many early television programs, including Dinah Shore's.[1] He worked with Burnett on the short-lived CBS variety show The Entertainers and her long-running eponymous series as executive producer and composer of its theme song.[2] He made one brief acting appearance, as Duke Reeves on Mama's Family.

Hamilton won five Emmy Awards, the first for The Garry Moore Show, which featured Burnett.

Hamilton wrote I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together which has been performed by Burnett and by Branford Marsalis, among others.

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton was the brother of television actress Kipp Hamilton.

His first marriage (April 10, 1948 – 1963), to Gloria Hartley, produced eight children.[1]

He married Carol Burnett on May 4, 1963. They had three children, including Carrie Hamilton, before divorcing in 1984.

He married Sandy Troggio in 1991, before dying of cancer that same year on June 9. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.



  1. ^ a b Glenn Fowler (12 June 1991). "Joe Hamilton, 62, a Top Producer Of Television Specials, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  2. ^ "The Carol Burnett Show". The Media Management Group. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28.

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