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Abby Singer (I) (1917–2014)

Abby Singer was born on December 8, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA as Abner E. Singer. He is known for his work on The Doris Day Show (1968), Rhoda (1974) and Hill Street Blues (1981). He died on March 13, 2014 in Woodland Hills, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1997 Family Plan (unit production manager)
 1989-1993 Major Dad (TV Series) (unit production manager - 6 episodes)
- Oops, a Daisy (1993) ... (unit production manager)
- The Shut Down (1991) ... (unit production manager)
- Safe at First Base (1990) ... (unit production manager)
- Rescue Mission (1989) ... (unit production manager)
- Just Polly & Me, and the Kids Make Five (1989) ... (unit production manager)
 1989 Columbo (TV Series) (unit production manager - 3 episodes)
- Sex and the Married Detective (1989) ... (unit production manager)
- Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989) ... (unit production manager)
- Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989) ... (unit production manager)
  St. Elsewhere (TV Series) (unit production manager - 24 episodes, 1983 - 1988) (executive in charge of production - 22 episodes, 1982 - 1983)
- The Last One (1988) ... (unit production manager)
- Time Heals: Part 1 (1986) ... (unit production manager)
- Hello, Goodbye (1984) ... (unit production manager)
- Rough Cut (1984) ... (unit production manager)
- Cramming (1984) ... (unit production manager)
  Remington Steele (TV Series) (executive in charge of production - 22 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (production consultant - 1 episode, 1985)
- Stronger Than Steele (1985) ... (production consultant)
- Steele in Circulation (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Sting of Steele (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Steele's Gold (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Vintage Steele (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
 1981-1983 Hill Street Blues (TV Series) (executive in charge of production - 47 episodes)
- A Hill of Beans (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Buddy, Can You Spare a Heart? (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Spotlight on Rico (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Life in the Minors (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
 1982-1983 Newhart (TV Series) (executive in charge of production - 8 episodes)
- I Enjoy Being a Guy (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Heaven Knows Mr. Utley (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- The Boy Who Cried Goat (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Ricky Nelson, Up Your Nose (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Breakfast Theatre (1983) ... (executive in charge of production)
 1983 In Defense of Kids (TV Movie) (executive in charge of production)
 1980-1982 Lou Grant (TV Series) (executive in charge of production - 44 episodes)
- Charlie (1982) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Victims (1982) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Beachhead (1982) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Suspect (1982) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Unthinkable (1982) ... (executive in charge of production)
 1982 A Little Sex (production manager: Los Angeles)
  WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (production executive - 2 episodes, 1980) (executive in charge of production - 1 episode, 1982)
- Circumstantial Evidence (1982) ... (executive in charge of production: MTM Productions, Inc.)
- Les' Groupie (1980) ... (production executive: MTM Productions, Inc.)
- Put Up or Shut Up (1980) ... (production executive: MTM Productions, Inc.)
  The White Shadow (TV Series) (supervising production manager - 11 episodes, 1978 - 1979) (executive in charge of production - 4 episodes, 1980 - 1981) (production executive - 2 episodes, 1980)
- Burnout (1981) ... (executive in charge of production)
- Cops (1981) ... (executive in charge of production)
- If Your Number's Up, Get It Down (1980) ... (executive in charge of production: MTM Enterprises)
- Reunion: Part 1 (1980) ... (executive in charge of production: MTM Enterprises)
- The Russians Are Coming (1980) ... (production executive: MTM Enterprises)
 1981 Thornwell (TV Movie) (production executive: MTM Enterprises)
 1978 First, You Cry (TV Movie) (supervising production manager)
 1978 The Meanest Men in the West (TV Movie) (unit production manager)
 1978 Nowhere to Run (TV Movie) (production manager)
  Rhoda (TV Series) (unit production manager - 49 episodes, 1974 - 1976) (production manager - 13 episodes, 1978)
- Martin Swallows His Heart (1978) ... (production manager)
- The Date in the Iron Mask (1978) ... (production manager)
- Earl's Helping Hand (1978) ... (production manager)
- Brenda Runs Away (1978) ... (production manager)
- The Total Brenda (1978) ... (production manager)
  The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series) (unit production manager - 25 episodes, 1974 - 1975) (production manager - 2 episodes, 1977)
- My Son the Comedian (1977) ... (production manager)
- Death Be My Destiny (1977) ... (production manager)
- The Longest Good Bye (1975) ... (unit production manager)
- The Ceiling Hits Bob (1975) ... (unit production manager)
- Emily Hits the Ceiling (1975) ... (unit production manager)
 1977 Something for Joey (TV Movie) (production manager)
 1976-1977 The Tony Randall Show (TV Series) (production manager - 3 episodes)
- Case: The People Speak (1977) ... (production manager)
- Case: Franklin in Love (1976) ... (production manager)
- Pilot (1976) ... (production manager)
  Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series) (unit production manager - 27 episodes, 1974 - 1975) (production manager - 21 episodes, 1975 - 1976)
- Ted and the Kid (1976) ... (production manager)
- Sue Ann Falls in Love (1976) ... (production manager)
- A Reliable Source (1976) ... (production manager)
- Mary's Aunt Returns (1976) ... (production manager)
- Murray Takes a Stand (1976) ... (production manager)
  Phyllis (TV Series) (production manager - 18 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (unit production manager - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Triangle (1976) ... (production manager)
- Widows, Merry and Otherwise (1976) ... (production manager)
- Sonny Boy (1976) ... (production manager)
- Leo's Suicide (1976) ... (production manager)
- A Man, a Woman and Another Woman (1976) ... (production manager)
 1976 Mary's Incredible Dream (TV Movie) (unit production manager)
 1975 Three for the Road (TV Series) (unit production manager - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1975) ... (unit production manager)
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (production manager - 10 episodes)
- The Colonel (1974) ... (production manager)
- In Performance of Duty (1974) ... (production manager)
- The Tarnished Badge (1974) ... (production manager)
- The Fourth Victim (1974) ... (production manager)
- The Iron Men (1974) ... (production manager)
 1974 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (TV Series) (unit production manager - 1 episode)
- Maid in the Snow (1974) ... (unit production manager)
 1974 Barney Miller (TV Series) (unit manager - 1 episode)
- The Life and Times of Barney Miller (1974) ... (unit manager)
 1974 Young Love (TV Movie) (production manager)
 1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (unit production manager)
 1968-1973 The Doris Day Show (TV Series) (production manager - 86 episodes)
- Welcome to Big Sur, Sir (1973) ... (production manager)
- It's a Dog's Life (1973) ... (production manager)
- Hospital Benefit (1973) ... (production manager)
- The Music Man (1972) ... (production manager)
- Forgive and Forget (1972) ... (production manager)
 1971 The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special (TV Special) (production manager)
 1970 The Tim Conway Show (TV Series) (production manager - 2 episodes)
- All of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1970) ... (production manager)
- Episode #1.2 (1970) ... (production manager)
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie) (unit manager)
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series) (unit manager - 17 episodes)
- Get Me to the Revolution on Time (1968) ... (unit manager)
- A Sour Note (1968) ... (unit manager)
- The Lay of the Land (1968) ... (unit manager)
- A Matter of Royal Larceny (1968) ... (unit manager)
- Locked in the Cradle of the Keep (1968) ... (unit manager)
 1968 The Counterfeit Killer (unit production manager)
 1968 Shadow Over Elveron (TV Movie) (unit manager)
 1966-1968 The Virginian (TV Series) (unit manager - 42 episodes)
- The Death Wagon (1968) ... (unit manager)
- The Fortress (1967) ... (unit manager)
- A Small Taste of Justice (1967) ... (unit manager)
- Execution at Triste (1967) ... (unit manager)
- The Barren Ground (1967) ... (unit manager)
 1967 Tammy and the Millionaire (unit production manager)
 1966 Out of Sight (unit production manager)
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Worked as a production manager and assistant director in film between the 1950s and the 1980s. His name has become famous in Hollywood as a phrase describing the second-to-last shot of the day ("the Abby Singer"). The last shot of the day is known as the "Martini". Mr. Singer got the reputation for calling the "Martini" shot and after that shot was completed he would state they had one more shot ... See more »

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