Saturday, December 27, 2014

Alan Landsburg | TV producer, 81

Emmy-winning producer Alan Landsburg, 81, who thrived on variety during a five-decade career in Hollywood, died Aug. 13 of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, said his personal assistant, Luanne Keifer.

Among his hundreds of credits were documentaries, the pioneering naturalist series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, and issue-driven TV-movies such as The Ryan White Story, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, and Bill, which was based on the true story of a mentally challenged man trying to adjust to life outside an institution.

On the other hand, he produced pseudo-science tales that speculated "ancient astronauts" from other worlds visited Earth, the That's Incredible! TV series that paid people to do stunts, and movies such as Porky's II and Jaws 3-D.

He was prolific in the horse-racing world too. Not only did he have an ownership stake in more than 400 horses, but he also served as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board and was founding director of Thoroughbred Owners of California.

- L.A. Times
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