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Donald Joy Fedderson (April 16, 1913 – December 18, 1994) was an American executive producer who created a number of television programs including My Three Sons and Family Affair.

Don Fedderson
Donald Joy Fedderson

(1913-04-16)April 16, 1913
DiedDecember 18, 1994(1994-12-18) (aged 81)
  • Helen Macie Minor
    (m. 1938; div. 1968)
  • Yvonne Lime (m. 1969)
Children7, 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.

On November 14, 1974, Fedderson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the television industry, at 1735 N. Vine Street.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[3] He is interred at Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


  1. ^ "Don Fedderson | Hollywood Walk of Fame". Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. ^ "Don Fedderson". Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  3. ^ "Donald Fedderson, TV Producer, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. 22 December 1994.

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