Alan David Yorkin
February 22, 1926
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||August 18, 2015 (aged 89)|
Bel Air, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Director, producer, writer, actor.|
In 1954, Yorkin became the producer of NBC's The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program which preceded the nightly news on Monday evenings. In 1955, he produced and directed the live 11-episode half-hour military comedy, The Soldiers, starring Hal March, Tom D'Andrea, and John Dehner.
In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists and Warner Bros. Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special An Evening With Fred Astaire, which won nine Emmy Awards. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the 1970s, such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son. After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful Sanford and Son spin-off sitcom Grady. In 1976, he formed TOY Productions with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son from 1974–1977) and their two hits were What's Happening!! and Carter Country. TOY Productions was acquired by Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.
In 1999, he and Lear were awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Yorkin died of natural causes on August 18, 2015 at the age of 89. He was married to actress Cynthia Sikes, and was the father of television writer and producer Nicole Yorkin. He was a member of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
- Divorce American Style (1967)
- Inspector Clouseau (1968)
- Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
- The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
- Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
- Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
- Woo, Elaine (18 August 2015). "Bud Yorkin dies at 89; partner in TV's 'All in the Family,' 'Sanford and Son'". Los Angeles Times.
- "The Soldiers". Classic TV Archives. Archived from the original on 2016-10-06. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- McNeil, Alex (1985). Total Television. Penguin Books. pp. 824–825. ISBN 978-0140073775.
- "New TOY". Broadcasting: 39. 19 February 1979. ISSN 1068-6827.
- "Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- Roberts, Sam (18 August 2015). "Bud Yorkin, Writer and Producer of 'All in the Family,' Dies at 89". The New York Times.
- Hollywood Reporter: "Hollywood's Hottest $150 Million Project Is an 83-Year-Old Synagogue - Studio heads, agency chieftains and top producers have come together, "Avengers"-style, to save their iconic but decaying Wilshire Boulevard Temple -- an A-list house of worship far from the Westside" by Gary Baum May 30, 2012
- Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide