Producer of Classic TV, Richard Lewis, Has Died

Richard Lewis, who was responsible for producing several classics of television’s Golden Age, has died at the age of 89. Richard Lewis was interviewed by the Archive by Karen Herman on March 8, 1999.

Link to Los Angeles Times obituary (scroll down on page).

His Archive interview is online at this link.

Interview Description:

Richard Lewis was interviewed for five hours in Somers, NY. Lewis discussed his early career as a director and later show creator in radio. He talked about his transition to television as a producer (which included Blind Date) and his role in the creation of the popular and long-running western series Wagon Train as well as his work on the acclaimed anthology series Alcoa Premiere. He also discussed producing several successful pilots for such series as Leave It To Beaver, Bachelor Father, and McHale’s Navy. He talked about becoming the Vice President of MCA’s Revue Television, which later became Universal Television. He detailed producing one of the first television movies, The Borgia Stick, and his becoming an independent producer of feature films shortly thereafter.

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