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Norman Lear


Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms like All In The Family, Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many other sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television. Norman Milton Lear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Enie/Jeanette (Sokolovsky) ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

All in the Family
(1968-1979)
The Jeffersons
(1975-1985)
Good Times
Good Times Writer
(1974-1979)
Cold Turkey
Cold Turkey Writer
(1971)

Filmography

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  704 Hauser (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1994) (story by - 1 episode, 1994) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1994)
- Revelations (1994) ... (creator)
- All That Jasmine (1994) ... (creator)
- Triskaidekaphobia (1994) ... (creator)
- Ernie Live on Tape (1994) ... (creator)
  Sunday Dinner (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1991) (creator - 1 episode, 1991)
- Whose House Is It Anyway? (1991) ... (creator)
- The Write Stuff (1991) ... (creator)
- My Dinner with Jack and Delores (1991) ... (creator)
- In Sickness and in Health (1991) ... (creator)
- Guess Who's Coming to Sunday Dinner (1991) ... (creator)
 1985 Maguy (TV Series) (sitcom Maude)
 1975-1985 The Jeffersons (TV Series) (developed by - 253 episodes)
- Red Robins (1985) ... (creator)
- Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) ... (creator)
- The Odd Couple (1985) ... (creator)
- The Truth Hurts (1985) ... (creator)
- And Up We Go (1985) ... (creator)
 1984 P.O.P. (TV Movie)
 1975-1984 One Day at a Time (TV Series) (developed by - 209 episodes)
- Another Man's Shoes (1984) ... (creator)
- Off We Go (1984) ... (creator)
- The Nearness of You (1984) ... (creator)
- Meaning of Life (1984) ... (creator)
- Up in Smoke (1984) ... (creator)
  a.k.a. Pablo (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1984) (creator - 6 episodes, 1984) (written by - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Woman Who Came to Dinner (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Whole Enchilada (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Presidential Joke Teller (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- My Son, the Gringo (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Big Mouth (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
 1982 I Love Liberty (TV Special)
  All in the Family (TV Series) (developed by - 206 episodes, 1971 - 1979) (written by - 9 episodes, 1968 - 1979) (teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1971) (story by - 1 episode, 1972)
- Too Good Edith (1979) ... (creator)
- The Return of Stephanie's Father (1979) ... (creator)
- The Family Next Door (1979) ... (creator)
- "All in the Family" Retrospective (1979) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Edith Gets Fired (1979) ... (creator)
 1974-1979 Good Times (TV Series) (developed by - 133 episodes)
- The Evans' Dilemma (1979) ... (creator)
- Cousin Raymond (1979) ... (creator)
- The End of the Rainbow (1979) ... (creator)
- A Matter of Mothers (1979) ... (creator)
- The Physical (1979) ... (creator)
 1978 Apple Pie (TV Series) (creator)
 1972-1978 Maude (TV Series) (created by - 141 episodes)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 3 (1978) ... (creator)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 2 (1978) ... (creator)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 1 (1978) ... (creator)
- Phillip's Mature Romance (1978) ... (creator)
- Mr. Butterfield's Return (1978) ... (creator)
  Fernwood Tonight (TV Series) (creator - 48 episodes, 1977) (writer - 32 episodes, 1977)
- Save 'Fernwood 2Night' Telethon (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.64 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.62 (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Episode #1.60 (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Battery Powered Car (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
  Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series) (developed by - 324 episodes, 1976 - 1977) (created by - 1 episode, 1976)
- Episode #2.195 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.194 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.193 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.192 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.191 (1977) ... (creator)
 1972-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (developed by - 135 episodes)
- School Daze (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Funny, You Don't Look It (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Lucky Streak (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Fred the Activist (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1977 Sanford Arms (TV Series) (developed by - 8 episodes)
- Young Love (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Wedding Reception (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The TV Show (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Ernie Williams Memorial Golf Course (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Phil's Past (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1977 The Little Rascals (TV Movie)
 1971 Cold Turkey (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1968 Justice for All (TV Movie) (written by)
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's (screenplay)
 1967 Divorce American Style (screenplay)
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn (screenplay)
 1962 The Andy Williams Special (TV Special)
 1962 Henry Fonda and the Family (TV Special) (written by)
 1961 The Danny Kaye Special (TV Special) (written by)
  The Deputy (TV Series) (created by - 76 episodes, 1959 - 1961) (written by - 1 episode, 1959)
- Lawman's Conscience (1961) ... (creator)
- Lorinda Belle (1961) ... (creator)
- Brand of Honesty (1961) ... (creator)
- The Deathly Quiet (1961) ... (creator)
- The Legend of Dixie (1961) ... (creator)
 1961 Bobby Darin and Friends (TV Special) (written by)
  The George Gobel Show (TV Series) (7 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #5.8 (1959)
- Episode #5.7 (1958)
- Episode #5.6 (1958) ... (writer)
- Episode #5.5 (1958)
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (1 episode, 1958) (writer - 3 episodes, 1957 - 1958)
- Episode #3.10 (1958) ... (writer)
- Roberta Sherwood (1958) ... (writer)
- Macdonald Carey (1957) ... (writer)
 1954-1955 The Martha Raye Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #2.1 (1955) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.3 (1954) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.2 (1954) ... (writer)
  The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (1 episode, 1950) (written by - 5 episodes, 1950 - 1952) (writer - 4 episodes, 1952 - 1953) (co-writer - 1 episode, 1950)
- Episode #4.1 (1953) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.33 (1953) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.11 (1952) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.1 (1952) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.35 (1952) ... (written by)
 1953 Scared Stiff (additional dialogue)
 1950 Ford Star Revue (TV Series) (1951)
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Show Show Production manager (12 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (6 credits)
Show Show Director (8 credits)
Show Show Actor (7 credits)
Show Show Thanks (13 credits)
Show Show Self (95 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

In 1960, he co-produced an unsold pilot for a series starring Charles Aidman and Tex Ritter called, "Henry D". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[ 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. See more »

Trivia:

In 1980, he founded a public interest group "People For The American Way" which is a liberal group. See more »

Trademark:

Best known for his ground breaking situation comedies that featured families that regularly confronted major political and social issues of the day.

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