Paul Romeo Picard (July 17, 1930 – October 3, 1994) was an American film producer best known for his role in developing the series The Dukes of Hazzard with Philip Mandelker and creator Gy Waldron.
Life and career
Paul was born as Paul Romeo Picard 17 July 1930 in Warwick, Rhode Island to Romeo Joseph Picard and Irene Gertrude Mineau. He was the oldest of four children. His brother was Gérard J Picard who did have Down Syndrome and died at the Ladd School Mental Hospital in Exeter, Rhode Island in 1971. In Providence, Rhode Island Paul's mother Irene sued The Ladd School Mental Hospital for $10 million for alleging medical neglect that contributed to Paul's brother death in 1971. Paul's sisters were Claire Antoinette Picard and Gertrude "Sister Claudine" Picard. Paul's sister Gertrude was a nun within the Roman Catholic Church. Paul Picard was born and raised in Rhode Island before making it in Hollywood. After starting as an actor, Picard was the director of daytime programming for ABC. and then moved on to oversee shows including The Lawrence Welk Show, The Hollywood Palace and the broadcasts of the Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. During his career, he worked at MGM, American International Pictures and Warner Brothers. In addition to Dukes of Hazzard, he oversaw Scruples, California Fever and The Pirate.
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