In 1965, he co-produced an unsold sitcom pilot called "Barnaby" about a young boy (Barnaby) who had an imaginary friend who bore an uncanny resemblance to W.C. Fields
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[ on being 90 years old] Suddenly I walk into a room, they're ready to applaud. I'm told how great I look all the time, and they don't mean beautiful. They mean, You're alive.
Supposedly based Archie Bunker, at least in part, on his own father. The elder Lear was a salesman and, by all accounts, a vulgar, reactionary bigot who was constantly railing against women and minorities. He consistantly referred to Afro-Americans as "schwartzes," a Yiddish-American term with racially perjoritive connotations, and once called young Norman "the laziest white kid I ever knew."
Best known for his ground breaking situation comedies that featured families that regularly confronted major political and social issues of the day.