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'Nixon Interviews' producer Marvin Minoff dies

Marvin Minoff, who produced the famed Richard Nixon interviews with David Frost, numerous telefilms and the 1998 film "Patch Adams," died Nov. 11 at his Los Angeles home with family and friends at his bedside. He was 78.

Minoff, the husband of actress Bonnie Franklin and the longtime business partner of writer-actor Mike Farrell, left the agency business after 15 years to become president of Frost's David Paradine Television in 1974.

There, he executive produced with the talk-show host and John Birt the interviews with Nixon that were broadcast in syndication in 1977, three years after the disgraced U.S. president resigned. The interviews were the basis of "Frost/Nixon," the Broadway play that was adapted into the 2008 film that was a best picture Oscar nominee. Keith MacKechnie played Minoff in the film.

Paradine also did subsequent interview sessions with Nixon's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the Shah of Iran.

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