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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 February 1908Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Date of Death 23 April 1991Santa Monica, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameWilliam McElroy Dozier
Nickname Bill

Mini Bio (1)

William Dozier was an American TV and movie producer who made it to the top of the TV heap briefly in the mid-1960s with his show Batman: The Movie (1966). Born on February 13, 1908 in Omaha, Nebraska, Dozier was also known for his wives. After divorcing his first wife, he was married to Oscar-winner Joan Fontaine from 1946 to 1951 and to movie star Ann Rutherford from 1953 to his death on April 23, 1991.

In 1948, he and Fontaine launched Rampart Productions, which produced Max Ophüls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) starring his wife, and You Gotta Stay Happy (1948), which starred Fontaine and James Stewart. He served as executive producer on both pictures.

Turning to TV as the new decade of the Fifties dawned, Dozier produced the series Danger (1950), which ran for five years from 1950-55. In the Fifties and Sixties, he continued his career as a TV producer, bringing to the tube the short-lived TV series Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953) (1953), The Loner (1965) (1965).

In 1966, he achieved the height of TV success with "Batman" which ran for three seasons and was a cultural sensation. The TV show spun off a Batman: The Movie (1966) feature film. That same year, he also launched , a modest success, and The Tammy Grimes Show (1966), a notorious flop that shot five episodes and was canceled after four.

Dozier retired as a producer after the 1969 movie _The Big Bounce (1969) flopped, though he enjoyed a modest second career as an actor in the Seventies and early Eighties.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (3)

Ann Rutherford (6 October 1953 - 23 April 1991) (his death)
Joan Fontaine (2 May 1946 - 25 January 1951) (divorced) (1 child)
Katherine Foley (14 September 1929 - 27 April 1946) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Not only produced the Batman (1966) TV series, but also served as the show's uncredited narrator, delivering the memorable sign-off, "Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel." On the 1966 Original Televison Soundtrack Album, for which Dozier provided the liner notes, the narrator is identified as "Desmond Doomsday".
He was head of the writer's department at Paramount while such writers as Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges wrote for the studio.
Ex-brother-in-law of Olivia de Havilland.
Father of Debbie Dozier, with Joan Fontaine.
Stepfather of Gloria May.
Ex-son-in-law of Lillian Fontaine.
In the 1940s he was head of the Story Department at RKO.
Father of Robert Dozier.
Brother-in-law of Judith Arlen.

Personal Quotes (1)

As long as they write about the show I really couldn't care less what they have to say about it. Ahhh, criticism has never really bothered me; if you let it, as you well know, you can eat your heart out about every other morning for breakfast.

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