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George Schlatter (born December 31, 1932) is an American television producer and director, best known for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and founder of the American Comedy Awards.

George Schlatter
Schlatter in March 2011
Born (1932-12-31) December 31, 1932 (age 86)
OccupationProducer and Director
Years active1963 - 2002
Spouse(s)Jolene Brand
ChildrenAndrea Justine Schlatter
Maria S. Schlatter

For his work on television, Schlatter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd.[1][2]

Life and careerEdit

Schlatter was born in Birmingham, Alabama,[3][4] and raised in Webster Groves, Missouri, a St. Louis inner-ring suburb.[5] Born the son of a violinist mother and a salesman father.[6] He is Jewish.[7] As a teenager, Schlatter sang for two seasons with the St. Louis Municipal Opera, where his mother also performed. He attended Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.[5]

Schlatter was a Hollywood agent in the band and act department of MCA Records. After several years, he left to become general manager at the Sunset Strip nightclub Ciro's. The comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin performed there. In the early 1960s, following a short stint in Las Vegas, he started producing variety series and specials for television. Between 1964 and 1970, he oversaw the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards. In 1968, he formed George Schlatter Productions, noted for Rowan and Martin's Laugh In on NBC.[8]

Schlatter in May 2013

In the 1970s and 1980s, Schlatter produced and directed several television series, while continuing to produce variety specials. In 1987, he started "The American Comedy Awards", which has become an annual event. Schlatter also produced a few feature films, and owns The Editing Company, which for many years was one of Hollywood's busiest state-of-the-art post production facilities.[8]

He is married to former actress Jolene Brand who was a regular on several Ernie Kovacs shows of the early 1960s. They have two daughters, Andrea and Maria. Andrea Justine is a champion equestrian rider. Maria S. Schlatter is an Emmy award winning television producer.

Television workEdit

A partial listing of his television achievements follows.

Executive producerEdit

  • Muhammad Ali's All-Star 60th Birthday Celebration! (2002)[9]
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Harrison Ford (2000)[9]
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Dustin Hoffman (1999)[9]
  • Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration (1996)[9]
  • Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)[8][9]
  • The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1993)[9]
  • A Party for Richard Pryor (1991)[9]
  • Annual American Comedy Awards (1987–2001)[8][9]
  • Goldie and Liza Together (1980)[9]
  • Real People (1979)[9]
  • Arnold's Closet Revue (1971)[9]
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–1972)[9]
  • Turn-On (1969; unsuccessful)


  • Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration (1992)[9]
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)[8][9]
  • Frank, Liza, and Sammy: The Ultimate Event (1989)[8][9]
  • Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary (1987)[9]
  • Salute to Lady Liberty (1984)[9]
  • The Goldie Hawn Special (1978)[9]
  • The Shirley MacLaine Special: Where Do We Go from Here? (1977)[9]
  • John Denver and Friend (1976)[9]
  • Cher (1975)[9]
  • The Judy Garland Show (1963)[9]
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1962)[8][9]
  • Victor Borge's Twentieth Anniversary Special (1961)[8][9]


  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion (1993)[9]
  • Frank, Liza, and Sammy: The Ultimate Event (1989)[9]
  • Comedy Club (1987)[9]
  • The Dinah Shore Special: Like Hep (1969)[9]


A partial listing of films that he produced and/or directed follows.

Awards and honorsEdit

Between 1968 and 1996, Schlatter was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, winning twice for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In as Outstanding Musical or Variety Program (1968) and for Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special (1990). He was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America award in 1997.[2] For his work on television, Schlatter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd.[1]


  1. ^ a b Schlatter, George. "Hollywood Walk of Fame Directory". Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  2. ^ a b Schlatter, George. "Internet Movie DataBase Awards". Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  3. ^ Detweiler, Craig (September 28, 2013). "Why would a Jewish producer attend a Christian university?". Hollywood Journal.
  4. ^ Schlatter, George. "Internet Movie DataBase Biography". Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  5. ^ a b Schlatter, George. "Yahoo Movies Biography". Retrieved 2008-01-29.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Schlatter, George. "". Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Schlatter, George. "Internet Movie DataBase". Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  10. ^ Schlatter, George. "Yahoo Movies". Retrieved 2008-01-28.

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