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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 31 December 1932Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Throughout his long and successful career as a producer, director and writer, George Schlatter has been responsible for hundreds of hours of television series and specials. He changed the face of television when he created and produced such breakthrough series as Laugh-In (1967) and Real People (1979). Over the years, Mr. Schlatter has received numerous honors and awards including 25 Emmy Award nominations, five Emmys, three Image Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Television Critics Awards, the International Radio & Television "Man of the Year" Award, Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild "Man of The Year" Award, as well as many others. When the Television Academy celebrated its 25th Anniversary, they honored him for his outstanding contribution to television. In 1989, he was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. In 1992, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra, on behalf of the Scott Newman Center, honored him with a tribute dinner for his showmanship and involvement to so many charitable causes. In 1996, the Museum of Television & Radio did a special tribute to him for his contributions in the world of television.

Fifteen years ago, he established the American Comedy Awards, an annual televised event designed to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of comedic actors and performers. "Of all the work I've done, I am perhaps most proud of my involvement in the early careers of performers like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and others who have gone on to greater heights. Working with stars is rewarding, but helping to create stars is the most fulfilling of all accomplishments".

Mr. Schlatter is a veteran of over 30 years in network television. He produced the first 5 years of the Grammy Awards plus series and specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Doris Day, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nat 'King' Cole and scores of others.

In honor of Frank Sinatra's milestone 80th birthday, Mr. Schlatter produced the Emmy-winning critically acclaimed two-hour Special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995). His recent credits include the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards, The American Film Institute Life Achievement Award AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman (1999) and to Harrison Ford, The 54th Presidential Inaugural Opening Ceremonies and Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration.

In the past few seasons, he produced the highly successful Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion (1993), the Emmy-award winning 'Sammy Davis Jr''s 60th Anniversary Celebration, Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration, Frank Sinatra's 75th Birthday Celebration, The 25th Anniversary Of The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, The USO 50th Anniversary Welcome Home America, as well as the Comedy Hall Of Fame Specials, A Party For Richard Pryor, The People's Choice Awards, Frank, Liza And Sammy: The Ultimate Event, The American Television Awards, and the Thanksgiving Special Sinatra Duets. He is married to former actress Jolene Brand who was a regular on the The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952) and they have two daughters. Andrea Justine is also a champion equestrian rider. Their daughter Maria S. Schlatter is an Emmy award winning television producer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (1)

Jolene Brand (10 June 1956 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (1)

Was, at one point, to be involved with The Muppet Show (1976). His involvement is mentioned in the "Muppet Pitch Reel".

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Jack Carter] Jack Carter does not make a lot of friends. He had a series and so forth but he was always so pissed off that he stepped on his own dick, all the time.
[on Red Skelton] Red Skelton had that phony God bullshit with, "God Bless," y'know. Then you realize that his dress rehearsal was the filthiest event in town. They did the dirtiest dress rehearsal around and then he would go on and do this, "God Bless" and the country and the flag and all this shit and he was a dirty old man! But he was tough. Red was tough. I did his last television show. Jackie Gleason was tough, too. First show I ever did with Gleason we show up with the script. And I had heard all of the stories about him. He sits there with a giant hangover and he looks over the script and says, "This is shit!" He threw the script up in the air and pages went all over the room. He says, "Work on this. It's shit." Everyone was sitting there saying, "Ah, holy shit, how do we even put this all back together?" He walked out and I pulled another script out. I said, "I knew what that fuck was going to do. Here's the script." So the next day he looked at it and said, "That's a lot better."
I talk to [Red Skelton]'s wife all the time. He was not a nice man, you know? Nor was [Jackie Gleason] a nice man. [Frank Sinatra] loved Gleason. They would hang out a lot together. Red Buttons was murder on writers. So was Bob Hope. Jack Benny was not. At one point [he] had two writers that were in their mid-60s, the last ones to join his staff. Benny said, "Well, let the new kids do this." They were 60 years old!

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