Norman Lear

Birthday: Jul 27, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
American writer/director/producer Norman Lear was a graduate of Emerson College. After wartime air force service, Lear became a radio and TV comedy writer, gaining his first "fame" when he was publicly fired by Martin and Lewis. With his friend and longtime collaborator Bud Yorkin, Lear established Tandem Productions in 1959, for the purpose of turning out quality TV specials and comedy theatrical films. While Divorce American Style is a masterpiece of disciplined filmmaking, many of the Lear/Yorkin productions, notably The Night They Raided Minsky's (1967), and Cold Turkey (1971), ran hot and cold; each uproarious comic setpiece would be followed by a groaner, and by the end of the film the humor level had dwindled to chaotic shouting and running about. Lear's best work of the '70s would be concentrated on television. In 1968, he began adapting the British comedy series Till Death Do Us Part for American consumption; the result, which premiered in 1971, was All in the Family, which, in addition to winning a warehouse full of Emmies, literally changed the face of TV comedy. Now a high-roller, Lear churned out one top-rated network project after another, many of them spinoffs of earlier series: Maude (1972), Sanford and Son (1972), Good Times (1973), The Jeffersons (1975). So successful was Lear's output that he was forgiven the occasional flop like The Hot L Baltimore (1975). When all three major networks rejected Lear's soap opera parody Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, the producer released the series via non-network syndication in 1976, spawning a brief vogue for late-night syndicated comedy programs (most of them Lear's). During his glory years, Lear became a convenient target for clean-up-TV brigades and political extremists; he also came under fire from some of his own stars, who accused Lear of stifling their artistic potential. The producer responded to the efforts of self-styled censors by helping to create the People for the American Way, an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of freedom of expression on television. He was less successful in counteracting his personal travails; most of his stars left for greener pastures, while his longtime marriage broke up in a highly publicized fashion, with the ex-Mrs. Lear using her settlement money to establish a trendy magazine called Lear's. In the last fifteen years, Norman Lear has been justifiably canonized as a pioneer and innovator in the world of socially conscious television; but his most recent TV projects, such as the very shortlived Sunday Dinner, tend to be sourly reactionary efforts, lacking the cutting-edge brilliance of his best work.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Actor 2019
No Score Yet Viewer Direction Advised Actor 2018
100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Actor 2017
86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
No Score Yet Heartland Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase Actor 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
92% The Revisionaries Actor $22.2K 2012
42% GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up! Actor $10.6K 2010
93% Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Actor $0.8M 2009
No Score Yet The Brothers Warner Actor 2008
95% Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus Actor 1995
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet Color Adjustment Actor 1991
97% The Princess Bride Producer 1987
50% Cold Turkey Producer Screenwriter Director 1971
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Producer Executive Producer 1970
No Score Yet The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) Producer Screenwriter 1968
100% Divorce American Style Producer Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Never Too Late Producer 1965
86% Come Blow Your Horn Producer Screenwriter 1963
83% Scared Stiff Screenwriter 1953

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet To Tell the Truth
2016
Panelist
  • 2019
98% One Day at a Time
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet America Divided
2016
Appearing Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Producer
  • 2017
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
Guest
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2008
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Jack & Bobby
2004-2005
Elderly Peter Benedict
  • 2005
33% 704 Hauser
1994
Director
  • 1994
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Host Screenwriter Producer Director Executive Producer Host
  • 1979
  • 1978
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  • 1976
  • 1975
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  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1976
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Executive Producer
No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
1976-1977
Producer Executive Producer
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Executive Producer

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