Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Robert Halmi Sr. | Television producer, 90

Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi Sr., 90, died Wednesday in his New York City home, said spokesman Russ Patrick.

Mr. Halmi, who was born in Hungary, found success as a magazine photographer after arriving in America in 1951, shooting pictures for such publications as Life and Sports Illustrated. But in the mid-1960s, he turned to moving pictures. During the next half-century he produced more than 200 programs and miniseries for television.

His specialty was family-friendly entertainment, with TV projects including The Josephine Baker Story, the Bette Midler-starring Gypsy, Merlin, Dinotopia, and The Lion in Winter with Glenn Close.

His projects were honored with 136 Emmy Awards. A Peabody Award citation hailed him as "perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios." - AP

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