Veteran TV Producer Dies

Nov 20, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A producer who was behind a number of popular sitcoms and was a frequent collaborator with Garry Marshall and Miller-Boyett has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, James O’Keefe died Oct. 31 from heart disease at his home in Bel Air.

O’Keefe’s wife, former Sony Pictures Studios executive Jan Kelly, announced his death. He was 76.

O’Keefe’s credits include “Mork & Mindy,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Full House,” “Goodtime Girls,” “The Good News” and “Family Matters,” among other shows.

“His father was Dennis O’Keefe, an actor in such movies as ‘The Leopard Man’ (1943), ‘Brewster’s Millions’ (1945), ‘Walk a Crooked Mile’ (1948) and ‘Follow the Sun’ (1951), and his mother was Steffi Duna, an actress and dancer who appeared in ‘Anthony Adverse’ (1936) and ‘Waterloo Bridge’ (1940), among other films,” THR notes.

THR adds: “On Miller-Boyett Productions’ ‘Perfect Strangers,’ which starred Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot as mismatched roommates and cousins, O’Keefe produced in various capacities from the start of the ABC sitcom in 1986 through its seventh season in 1992. He wrote and directed on the show as well.”

O’Keefe was also a member of the surf-rock band the Cornells in the 1960s, THR notes.

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