Creator of Landmark TV Series Dies

Nov 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who created a landmark TV series has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hal Kanter, who made TV history when he created "Julia," was 92.

Kanter’s "Julia" starred Diahann Carroll as a professional woman, marking the first time an African-American actress starred in a sitcom as something other than a domestic worker, the story points out. The show debuted in 1968 and ran for three seasons.

Kanter’s credits included creating the mid-1960s program "Valentine’s Day" and "The Jimmy Stewart Show" in 1972, the story notes. He served as a writer and producer on "Chico and the Man" in 1976 and executive produced for "All in the Family” in 1975, according to the story.

He shared an Emmy in 1955 for best written comedy material for "The George Gobel Show," the piece adds. He was also part of two Emmy-winning writing teams for the Academy Awards telecasts, in 1991 and 1992.

In addition, Kanter worked in the film industry, writing and directing the Elvis Presley film "Loving You" in 1957 and writing Presley’s 1961 feature "Blue Hawaii," according to the article. His other film credits included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, as well as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the story adds.


Hal Kanter


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