Harry Stephen Ackerman (1912 - 1991)

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Birthplace: Albany, New York, USA
Death: Died in Burbank, California, USA
Managed by: Liz B.
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Immediate Family

    • Mary
    • Peter
    • James
    • Christopher
    • ex-wife
    • Susan
    • Stephen
    • Brian

About Harry Stephen Ackerman

During his tenor as Vice President of Production at Screen Gems (1958-19740, American television producer Harry Ackerman delivered the classic sitcoms: Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, Hazel, Gidget, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Monkees, and The Partridge Family. For his work on television, Ackerman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6661 Hollywood Blvd.

He was born Harry Stephen Ackerman Jr. on November 17, 1912 in Albany, New York. After a stint with his own production company, he joined Screen Gems, now Columbia Pictures Television. He was a co-creator of The Flying Nun and Bewitched.

Ackerman won two Emmy Awards for his work, and was the first producer ever honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their 1974 luncheon.

On Sunday February 3, 1991, Harry Ackerman died of pulmonary failure. The Harry Ackerman Collection of personal papers was donated to the Dartmouth College Library in 1994 as a gift from Ackerman's widow, actress Elinor Donahue. Harry Ackerman, a Class of 1935 graduate, was one of the most prolific producers in the history of television, having created or co-created and produced a total of twenty-one television series, seven of which were on the air simultaneously.

Sources: Wikipedia, NYT

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