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Gino Grimaldi, Producer of ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Emergency,’ Dies at 74

6 May 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gino Grimaldi, a veteran TV producer known for such series as “Knight Rider” and “Emergency” died Friday in Newport Beach, Calif., according to his wife Nancy Grimaldi. He was 74.

Grimaldi began his 20-year career at Universal Studios as a film editor, where he worked on the “Bob Hope Christmas” and “Vietnam” Specials.

It wasn’t long before he committed to a 75 episode arc of “Emergency,” where he worked alongside Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe from 1973-79. In 1983, he began work on “Knight Rider,” producing 70 episodes. The series starred David Hasselhoff.

Grimaldi’s other credits include “Of Mice and Men” (1981), “Shanghai 1920” (1991), and “A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story” (1994).

“Shanghai 1920” was a theatrical motion picture for a Chinese production company filmed entirely in Shanghai. Post production was completed in Hong Kong.

In 2000, Grimaldi was a part of Project 51, a two-week cross country trip organized to deliver “Emergency” memorabilia to Washington D. »

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