Norman Lear

Norman Lear

Known For: Production · Birthday: 1922-07-27 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

23 Movies · 35 TV shows

Also Known As: Norman Milton Lear

Biography

Norman Milton Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an American television writer and producer who produced many 1970s sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time and its 2017 remake, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude.Lear is a political activist, part of the so-called Malibu Mafia who funded liberal and progressive causes and politicians. Lear was a silent partner of The Nation magazine and founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way in 1980 to counter the Christian right in politics. He has supported First Amendment rights.

Personal Life

Lear has been married three times:1943–1956: Charlotte Rosen. Ended in divorce.1947: Daughter, Ellen Lear, a sex therapist1956–1985: Frances Loeb (1923–1996). Publisher of Lear's magazine. Separated in 1983. Ended in divorce, where she received $112 million in a divorce settlement from Lear.1958: Daughter Kate Breckir LaPook, an executive, married to CBS News medical correspondent Jonathan LaPook1959: Daughter Maggie Beth LearGrandchildren: Zoe and Griffin Katz1987–present: Lyn Davis (1947–).1988: Son Benjamin Davis1994: Twin daughters Madeline Rose Lear and Brianna Elizabeth LearLear is a godparent to actress and singer Katey Sagal.

Early Life

Lear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Jeanette (née Seicol) and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. His mother was originally from Ukraine, while on his father's side he has Russian-Jewish heritage. He had a younger sister, Claire Lear Brown (1925–2015). Lear grew up in a Jewish household in Connecticut and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.When Lear was nine years old, his father went to prison for selling fake bonds. Lear thought of his father as a "rascal" and said that the character of Archie Bunker (whom Lear depicted as white Protestant on the show) was in part inspired by his father, while the character of Edith Bunker was in part inspired by his mother. However, Lear has claimed the moment which inspired his lifetime of advocacy was another event which he experienced at the age of nine, when he first came across infamous anti-semitic Catholic radio priest Father Charles Coughlin while tinkering with his crystal radio set. Lear has also claimed he would hear more of Coughlin's radio sermons over time, and found out that Coughlin would at times find different ways to promote anti-semitism by also targeting people who Jews considered to be "great heroes," such as US President Franklin Roosevelt.Lear graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1940 and subsequently attended Emerson College in Boston, but dropped out in 1942 to join the United States Army Air Forces.Lear enlisted in the United States Army in September 1942. He served in the Mediterranean theater as a radio operator/gunner on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers with the 772nd Bombardment Squadron, 463d Operations Group of the Fifteenth Air Force; he also described bombing Germany in the European theater. Lear flew 52 combat missions, for which he was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Lear was discharged from the Army in 1945, and his fellow World War II crew members are featured in the books Crew Umbriag, by Daniel P. Carroll (tail gunner), and 772nd Bomb Squadron: The Men, The Memories, by Turner Publishing and Co.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

2021
There are a few people who have won awards. She paved the way for Hispanic-American performers because she refused to be pigeonholed.

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Visible: Out On Television

Visible: Out On Television

7.6
2020
This five-part docuseries explores the history of the LGBTQ movement. It looks at homophobia, invisibility, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry.
Find Your Groove

Find Your Groove

2020
In this uplifitng documentary, stars and musicians from across the industry speak to the power and importance of music in society. Here we examine how close we came to not having many of the incredibl...

2019.

3 Movies
I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

2019
The formation of a music channel that has shaped modern pop culture is the subject of the film. On August 1, 1981 the life of a whole generation of Americans changed forever - on this day MTV began it...
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

2019
Live performances of classic holiday-themed episodes from Norman Lear's hit shows "All in the Family" and "Good Times."
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"

2019
Celebrities re-create an original episode each from "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons."

2017.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

5.38
2017
A newly single Latina mother raises her daughter and son with the help of her old-school mom in a remake of the TV classic.
The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

2017
Throughout its 40-year history, the Kennedy Center Honors has redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way this nation rewards its artists. The Honors have been compare...
If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast

If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast

2017
Irrepressible writer-comedian Carl Reiner, who shows no signs of slowing down at 94, tracks down celebrated nonagenarians, and a few others over 100, to show how the twilight years can truly be the ha...

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

2016
The classic game show is not the same as a modern one. Each round, a celebrity panel will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or ach...
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America Divided

America Divided

2016
The docu-series features narratives about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they investiga...
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

2016
Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1...

2015.

1 TV show
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StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings together celebrities, scientists and comedians to explore a variety of cosmic topics and collide pop culture with science in a way that late-night television has never seen ...

2012.

1 TV show
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Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...

2009.

1 Movie
The Brothers Warner

The Brothers Warner

2009
An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies and created a major studio with a social conscience.

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

2005
On a note of repentance, an unforgettable homage to the end of war in Europe, was broadcasted on May 8th, 1945, by writer and director Norman Corwin. The film shines a light on a lost work of genius, ...
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Iconoclasts

Iconoclasts

2005
Iconoclasts is a show on the channel. Each episode pairs two "creative visionaries" who discuss their lives, influences, and art, most of whom are friends with the other person featured in the episode...

2004.

2 TV shows
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TV Revolution

TV Revolution

2004
"TV Revolution" blends history with the portrayal of sex, violence, minorities, women and homosexuality on television to bring about some of the greatest and most controversial moments of the small sc...
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Jack & Bobby

Jack & Bobby

2004
Those who are destined for greatness are rarely aware of it. Jack and Bobby were raised by their eccentric single mother. Grace's personality is a force of nature that will shape both of these young m...

2003.

1 Movie
The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series

The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series

2003
Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait" series shines a spotlight on the Golden Girls -- Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan -- with a collection of four programs offering an up-close loo...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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South Park

South Park

6.31
1997
The misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet town of South Park, Colorado are chronicled in this film.
Perfect Moment

Perfect Moment

1997
In this documentary, artist-filmmaker Nicholas Hondrogen asks people to describe memorable moments of their lives. Some, such as Norman Lear and Indian activist Russell Means, talk about religion, whi...

1996.

2 TV shows
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E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.

1994.

1 TV show
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704 Hauser

704 Hauser

1994
There was a sitcom on CBS from April to May of 1994. A spin-off of All in the Family, the series is built around the idea of a black family moving into the former Queens home of Archie Bunker years af...

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Color Adjustment

Color Adjustment

1992
From Amos 'n' Andy to Nat King Cole, from Roots to The Cosby Show, black people have played many roles on primetime television. Brilliantly weaving clips from classic TV shows with commentary from TV ...
TV
The Powers That Be

The Powers That Be

1992
The Powers That Be was a sitcom that aired briefly on NBC in 1992. Norman Lear was the show's executive producer.

1989.

1 TV show
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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1987.

1 Movie
The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

6.38
1987
The Princess Buttercup and the handsome Westley must overcome huge odds to find happiness in this cracked fairy tale. Death can't stop lovebirds from winning.

1984.

1 Movie
Heartsounds

Heartsounds

1984
A New York urologist gets a taste of his own medicine when he suffers a heart attack and is confronted with a medical institution which doesn't seem equipped to help. Martha steps in to fight the syst...

1980.

1 TV show
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Palmerstown, U.S.A.

Palmerstown, U.S.A.

1980
Palmerstown, U.S.A. is a drama series. It centers on the lives of two 9-year-old best friends, one black and one white, growing up in a small Southern town during the 1930s.

1979.

2 TV shows
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The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

2
1979
The longest running sitcom of the 1980s was The Facts of Life, which ran on NBC from August 24, 1979 to May 7, 1988. The premise of the series is that the fictional Eastland School is an all-female bo...
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Archie Bunker's Place

Archie Bunker's Place

1979
Archie Bunker's Place is an American sitcom originally broadcast on the CBS network, conceived in 1979 as a spin-off and continuation of All in the Family. While not as popular as its predecessor, the...

1978.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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America 2-Night

America 2-Night

1978
Fernwood 2 Night is a talk-show parody. It ran from April to July. In Fernwood, Barth Gimble was the host and Jerry Hubbard was his co- host. The band was Happy Kyne and the Mirth-Makers.
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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

1978
Ginger-Nell Hollyhock is a single and lonely hairdresser who lives in Kansas City, Missouri during the Great Depression year of 1933. When Ginger-Nell places classified ads in the local newspapers, sh...
A Different Approach

A Different Approach

1978
An all-star educational film about the positive side of hiring people with disabilities. A board sit and watch the film Michael Keaton's character's assembled to sell companies on hiring the handicapp...

1977.

2 TV shows
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Fernwood 2 Night

Fernwood 2 Night

1977
Fernwood 2 Night was a comedic television program that ran from July 1977 – September 1977. It was created by Norman Lear and produced by Alan Thicke as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman...
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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

1977
All That Glitters is an American situation comedy television series by producer Norman Lear. It consisted of 65 episodes and aired between April 18 and July 15, 1977 in broadcast syndication. The show...

1976.

2 TV shows
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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

1976
In the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, suburban housewife Mary Hartman seeks the kind of domestic perfection promised by Reader’s Digest and TV commercials. Instead she finds herself suffering the s...
TV
All's Fair

All's Fair

1976
All's Fair is an American television situation comedy

1975.

4 TV shows
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Hot l Baltimore

Hot l Baltimore

1975
The 1975 American television situation comedy series Hot l Baltimore was based on a play by Lanford Wilson.
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One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

1975
The misadventures of a divorced mother, two teenage daughters, and new building superintendent in Indianapolis.
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
TV
The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons

6.6
1975
George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, a successful African-American couple, moved to a fancy Manhattan apartment. There is a spinoff of All in the Family.

1974.

1 TV show
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Good Times

Good Times

10
1974
Good Times aired on CBS from February 8, 1974 to August 1, 1979. Eric Monte and Mike Evans created it. Good Times spin-offs All in the Family and The Jeffersons. The first two seasons were filmed at C...

1973.

1 Movie
The Thief Who Came to Dinner

The Thief Who Came to Dinner

1973
A person decides to become a criminal. He is hounded by an insurance investigator when he starts making waves. He met a woman who became his partner.

1972.

2 TV shows
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Maude

Maude

6
1972
Well-educated and upper middle class, Maude Findlay is the archetypal feminist of her generation. She lives in suburban Tuckahoe, New York, with her fourth husband, Walter, their divorced daughter, Ca...
TV
Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son

10
1972
The adventures of a father and son.

1971.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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All in the Family

All in the Family

6.8
1971
Archie Bunker, a working class bigot, constantly squabbles with his family over important issues of the day.
Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

1971
Some tobacco executives don't want the Reverend to win the smoking cessation contest because they want to make people smoke. If the townsfolk don't go crazy from wanting a cigarette, or kill each othe...

1970.

1 Movie
Start the Revolution Without Me

Start the Revolution Without Me

1970
On the eve of the French Revolution, two sets of identical twins were badly scrambled at birth. The poor and haughty are both in one set. As history happens around them, they find themselves involved ...

1968.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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The Dick Cavett Show

The Dick Cavett Show

1968
The Dick Cavett Show is a talk show hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks.
The Night They Raided Minsky's

The Night They Raided Minsky's

1968
Rachel wants to become a dancer. Billy Minsky's Burlesque isn't the place for Dances From The Bible. But the show's comedian Raymond sees a way of wrong-footing the local do-gooders by announcing the ...

1967.

1 Movie
Divorce American Style

Divorce American Style

1967
After 17 years of marriage in American suburbia, Richard and Barbara Harmon step into the new world of divorce.

1963.

1 Movie
Come Blow Your Horn

Come Blow Your Horn

1963
The story of a young man's decision to leave the home of his parents for the bachelor pad of his older brother who leads a swinging '60s lifestyle.

1959.

1 TV show
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The Deputy

The Deputy

1959
The deputy was an American western series that aired on NBC from 1959 to 1961. The series stars Henry Fonda as Chief Marshall Simon Fry of the Arizona Territory and Allen Case as a storekeeper who tri...

1953.

1 Movie
Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff

1953
A nightclub singer and his partner escape mobsters by fleeing to Cuba. Three people are looking for a hidden treasure when they encounter a ghost, zombie, and killer.

1950.

1 TV show
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The Colgate Comedy Hour

The Colgate Comedy Hour

1950
The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show starred many notable comedians and entertainers of the era, includin...
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