Al Morgan, Former ‘Today’ Producer, Dies

Mar 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The Emmy Award-winning producer and novelist Al Morgan, who served as the producer of NBC’s "Today" from 1961 until 1968, has died, reports The New York Times. Morgan died March 3 at his home in Brattleboro, Vt., the story says. He was 91.

During his stint on "Today," Morgan worked with hosts Hugh Downs, Barbara Walters and Jack Lescoulie, and won an Emmy the year he left the program. In 1955 Morgan published a novel called "The Great Man," which was based on his experience in the radio industry. The book, which was turned into a movie two years later, focused on a popular radio personality who at home is a "drunken, lecherous sadist," the article says.

Morgan’s next book, "Cast of Characters," was a critical look at the movie industry. In 1958, Morgan wrote the book for the Broadway musical "Oh Captain!," which was based on the Alec Guinness movie "The Captain’s Paradise."


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