He Helped Give Us Some of the Most Beloved TV Ever: ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘The Partridge Family,’ ‘Brian’s Song’ — Producer Paul Junger Witt Dies at 77

Apr 30, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Prolific TV producer Paul Junger Witt, who was behind a string of comedy hits including “The Golden Girls,” “The Partridge Family” and “Soap,” has died.

The New York Times reports that Witt died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles area after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

“He worked at Columbia Pictures before joining comedian-actor Danny Thomas’ production company in 1973, where he and Thomas’ son, Tony, teamed up,” the story reports. “In 1975, Witt and Tony Thomas formed a production company that later expanded to include writer-producer Susan Harris, who created ‘The Golden Girls,’ the hit 1985-92 series starring Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan.”

Witt and Harris married in 1983.

“Witt’s other credits include the TV series ‘Benson,’ ”Empty Nest,’ ”Blossom’ and the TV movie ‘Brian’s Song,'” the report notes. “He produced big-screen films including ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ”Three Kings,’ ”Insomnia’ and ‘A Better Life.'”

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