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Aaron Spelling



The son of an immigrant Russian tailor, Aaron Spelling grew up in the Jewish ghetto of Dallas. Traumatized by constant bullying from his WASP schoolmates, Spelling psychosomatically lost the use of his legs at age eight and was confined to bed for a year. He spent his solitude with the written works of Mark Twain, O. Henry, and other masters, developing his own storytelling skills in the process. After wartime service with the Army Air Force, Spelling attended Southern Methodist University, then headed to New York, hoping to find work as an actor and writer. No one was interested in his writing, though he did eventually secure a few good film and TV roles (he was the squirrelly murderer in Vicki, the 1952 remake of 1941's I Wake Up Screaming). He then moved to California in the company of his wife, actress Carolyn Jones. While her career flourished, his dreams of becoming a great writer dwindled, and he reluctantly returned to acting. Spelling's writing skills finally came to the attention of actor/production executive Dick Powell, who hired Spelling as a scripter and producer for Powell's Four Star Productions. Spelling's strong suit during this period was the ability to woo TV-shy film actors into the Four Star fold by writing the sort of parts they'd like to play, but had never been permitted to by the Hollywood typecasting system. After Dick Powell died, Spelling became aligned with comedian/TV mogul Danny Thomas, for whom Spelling produced the hit series The Mod Squad in 1968. His new-found industry clout permitted Spelling to produce one TV hit after another: The Rookies, Starsky & Hutch, S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, among others. Whenever accused of merely turning out "schlock," Spelling could point with pride to his highly regarded weekly drama Family, and, much later, to his Emmy win for Day One, a 1989 TV movie about the wartime Manhattan Project. After several years of indifferent projects, Aaron Spelling once more became the king of youth-oriented television with his 1990 series Beverly Hills 90210 (which co-starred his daughter, Tori) and the equally popular follow-up, Melrose Place. Spelling's name continued to grace the credits of numerous youth-oriented soaps on the fledgling WB and UPN networks right up until his death in June of 2006.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls
  • Executive Producer
2000
4% The Mod Squad
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Beverly Hills 90210: Our Favorite Moments
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet After Jimmy
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet Love on the Run
  • Executive Producer
1994
100% And the Band Played On
  • Executive Producer
1993
69% Soapdish
  • Producer
1991
0% Loose Cannons
  • Producer
1990
No Score Yet Day One
  • Executive Producer
1989
No Score Yet Satisfaction
  • Producer
1988
40% Cross My Heart
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1987
13% Surrender
  • Producer
1987
70% Three O'Clock High
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet 'Night Mother
  • Producer
1986
85% Mr. Mom
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet Shooting Stars
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet Don't Go to Sleep
  • Executive Producer
1982
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet Sizzle
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet Casino
  • Executive Producer
1980
No Score Yet The Power Within
  • Executive Producer
1979
No Score Yet Cruise into Terror
  • Producer
1978
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night
  • Executive Producer
1977
No Score Yet Return to Fantasy Island
  • Executive Producer
1977
No Score Yet Fantasy Island
  • Producer
1977
No Score Yet Death at Love House
  • Executive Producer
1976
No Score Yet Baby Blue Marine
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe
  • Executive Producer
1976
No Score Yet The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1975
No Score Yet One of My Wives Is Missing
  • Executive Producer
1975
No Score Yet Savages
  • Producer
1975
No Score Yet Death Sentence
  • Producer
1974
93% California Split
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1974
No Score Yet Death Cruise
  • Producer
1974
No Score Yet Only with Married Men
  • Executive Producer
1974
No Score Yet The Affair
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet Death Squad
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet The Bounty Man
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Snatched
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet No Place to Run
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Yuma
  • Producer
1971
No Score Yet The Trackers
  • Executive Producer
1971
No Score Yet Run, Simon, Run
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Crowhaven Farm
  • Executive Producer
1970
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
  • Executive Producer
1970
No Score Yet The House That Would Not Die
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet How Awful About Allan
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Carter's Army
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet The Ballad of Andy Crocker
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1969
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang
  • Executive Producer
1969
No Score Yet Black Brigade
  • Producer
1969
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1960
84% The Spirit of St. Louis
  • Mr. Pearless
1957
No Score Yet Wyoming Renegades
  • Petie Carver
1955
No Score Yet Black Widow
  • Mr. Oliver
1954
No Score Yet Vicki
  • Harry Williams
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Producer

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