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Bud Yorkin
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Producer
    (February 22, 1926-August 18, 2015)
    Born in Washington, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Alan David Yorkin
    Film and TV producer and director
    Directed the films 'Come Blow Your Horn' (1963), 'Divorce American Style' (1967), 'Inspector Clouseau' (1968), 'Start the Revolution without Me' (1970) and 'Arthur 2: On the Rocks' (1988)
    Formed Tandem Productions with Norman Lear (1959)
    Together produced the series All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son and Good Times
    Without Lear produced What's Happening!!
    Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (2002)
    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America (2003)
    He was overshadowed by Lear in their partnership.
    His first series after splitting with Lear was the short-lived 'Sanford and Son' spin-off 'Grady.'
    His ex-wife Peg got $40 million in their divorce settlement.
    His second wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, was only five years older than his daughter Nicole.
    During World War II, he served in the Pacific with the US Army Air Forces installing sonar systems.
    William Friedkin said Yorkin was 'one of the three very best live variety directors when live TV was at its peak.'
    He won Emmys for writing and directing the variety special 'An Evening with Fred Astaire.' (1959)
    While directing a film in England, he saw an episode of 'Til Death Do Us Part,' a British series about an outspoken bigot and his liberal son-in-law, and brought it to Lear's attention, paving the way for 'All in the Family.'
    Similarly, he suggested to Lear remaking the British sitcom Steptoe and Son as a vehicle for Redd Foxx, resulting in 'Sanford and Son.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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