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‘Andy Williams Show’ Producer Robert Finkel Dies At 94

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Emmy-winning TV director and producer Robert Finkel, died at the age of 94 on April 30th from age-related complications in Beverly Hills. If you haven’t heard of Robert Finkel, don’t worry — more than likely you’ve heard of one of the numerous shows he’s worked on.

Finkel produced TV shows with Andy Williams, Dinah Shore and Jerry Lewis. His career in showbiz started in 1950 and he worked on popular shows like ‘The Andy Williams Show,’ ‘Barney Miller,’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’

He produced specials with such talents as Elvis Presley, John Denver and Bing Crosby. He was a producer for the Emmys, executive produced the Oscars and even produced a lot of ‘Circus of the Stars’ specials and ‘The Miss Universe Pageant.’ According to Variety, he began his career in Hollywood writing westerns before the start of World War II, but when that happened, he enlisted and received medals for his service in Burma.

His contributions to Hollywood, especially in television comedies, are numerous. He even taught at UCLA and USC and conducted seminars for the American Film Institute. He is survived by a daughter.

It’s strange that we’re hearing about his death almost a month later but perhaps there was a lot to be sorted out before an announcement could be made. Regardless, thanks for all of the laughs, Mr. Finkel. Rest in peace.

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