SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP)– Al Burton, a TV manufacturer whose six-decade career consisted of a diverse mix of beauty pageants, range and video game programs and groundbreaking comedies consisting of “The Jeffersons” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” died Tuesday. He was 91.
Burton passed away at his house in San Mateo, California, where he had actually remained in hospice care, according to household good friend and spokesperson Damon Schwartz. The cause was not divulged.
Throughout his 1972-83 period with Tandem Productions, founded by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, Burton helped produce series including “One Day at a Time,” ″ Fernwood 2 Night” and “Diff’ rent Strokes,” in addition to the “All in the Family” spinoff “The Jeffersons” and the satirical soap opera “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”
Burton began his own production business with a concentrate on TV programs targeted at younger viewers, including “Charles in Charge” and “The New Lassie.” He likewise accompanied Ben Stein, the actor-writer who was a longtime pal, to produce “Win Ben Stein’s Cash,” which won four Daytime Emmy Awards and introduced the career of Jimmy Kimmel.
Born in 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, Burton finished from Northwestern University in 1948 and headed for Los Angeles. He introduced his first show, “Tele-Teen Press reporter,” for a local LA station, following it up with more shows intended at teens. Other early credits included the Miss Teen-Age America Pageant (later Miss Teenager U.S.A.), a weekly talk show with musician and actor Oscar Levant, and “Wink Martindale’s Dance Celebration.”
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Burton likewise produced music performances under the Teen-Age Fair Inc. banner beginning in 1962, with emerging acts that consisted of the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Cream. The business staged live and televised shows and pageants through 1969, when he sold it. Burton went on to produce TV music-variety specials and series in the very same vein, consisting of “Hollywood A Go Go” and “Romp !!!”
Burton, who retired to the San Francisco Bay location in 2006, is survived by his other half, Sally Burton, and their child, Jennifer Burton Werbe.
This story has been remedied to say Burton was born in Columbus, Ohio, not San Mateo, California.
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