Donald Joy Fedderson
April 16, 1913
Beresford, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||December 18, 1994 (aged 81)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Children||7, including Mike Minor|
Fedderson produced The Millionaire, Date with the Angels, Who Do You Trust?, Family Affair, To Rome with Love, and The Smith Family. He also syndicated The Lawrence Welk Show following ABC's cancellation of the series in 1971.
Fedderson's biggest success on television, however, began in 1960 with My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray, of which Fedderson served as the executive producer. The show aired for five years on ABC and another seven on CBS, producing a total of 380 episodes, making it the fourth longest live-action sitcom in history.
Fedderson was married to actress Helen Macie "Tido" Minor from 1938 to 1968. He fathered seven children, two of whom became actors: Gregg Fedderson and Mike Minor. In 1969, he married actress Yvonne Lime, the co-founder of Childhelp. They remained married until his death.
Fedderson died on December 18, 1994, at the age of 81, from heart problems while being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.