The co-creator of NBC’s 1960s spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," who also executive produced “Dr. Kildare” and was behind a number of other series and TV movies, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Norman Felton was 99.
Felton, a London native, created the spy drama "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" with Sam Rolfe, when Felton was president and CEO of MGM Television-based Arena Productions, the story notes. The series, which starred Robert Vaughn, ran from 1964-1968, and was created with input from novelist Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.
Felton also executive produced all 190 episodes of NBC’s seminal medical drama "Dr. Kildare," which starred Richard Chamberlain and ran from 1961-1966.
In the 1950s, Felton wrote and directed for the series “Robert Montgomery Presents.”
“Felton also produced ‘Hawkins,’ a 1973 legal drama starring Jimmy Stewart, and other series including ‘Studio One in Hollywood,’ ‘Pursuit,’ ‘The Eleventh Hour,’ ‘The Lieutenant’ (also starring Vaughn), ‘Strange Report’ and ‘Executive Suite,’” the story reports.
Felton was also behind the 1971 Sally Field TV movie “Marriage: Year One” and the 1975 biopic “Babe,” with Susan Clark portraying famed athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Here’s an interview clip with Felton offering some background on "The Man From "U.N.C.L.E.":