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Perry Lafferty

Show Count: 3
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 3, 1917, Davenport, Iowa, USA
Died: August 25, 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA

Perry Francis Lafferty (October 3, 1917 – August 25, 2005) was an American television producer and network television executive who produced several television programs, including the popular CBS programs All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Maude and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. With NBC, he produced the 1985 television movie An Early Frost, one of the first dramatic films to deal with the subject of HIV / AIDS.

Life and career

Lafferty was born in Davenport, Iowa on October 3, 1917. He attended Davenport Central High School there, graduating in 1935; He was inducted into the school's Hall of Homor in 2009. He attended the Yale School of Music and was trained in piano. Following his graduation, he worked in the radio industry in New York City as a director and producer.

He was hired by CBS in 1965 as the network's West Coast programming department, leaving in 1976. He was hired by NBC in 1979 as its senior vice president of West Coast programs and talent, and was later assigned responsibility for the network's movies and mini-series. In that role, he developed and produced the 1985 made-for-television production of An Early Frost, starringAidan Quinn as a young man who must let his parents, played by Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, know that he was dying of AIDS. The critically acclaimed film won a Peabody Award and was one of the first network dramatic features to tackle the HIV /AIDS issue.

He also worked on such television series as Star of the Family, The Danny Kaye Show, Robert Montgomery Presents, Studio One, and The Waltons.

Lafferty died at age 87 on August 25, 2005 at his home in Century City, California due to prostate cancer. He was interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His 1943 marriage to the former Frances Carden, who had been a radio actress, ended with her death in 1999. Lafferty was survived by a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.


Source: Wikipedia

Columbia Presents CorwinColumbia Presents Corwin
Show Count: 15
Broadcast History: 4 May 1941 to 9 November 1941, 7 March 1944 to 15 August 1944 and 3 July 1945 to 21 August 1945
Cast: Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia, John Brown, Frank Gallop, Peter Donald, Kenny Delmar, Karl Swenson, Paul Stewart, Adelaide Klein , Hester Sondergaard, Luis Van Rooten, Frank Lovejoy, House Jameson, Jack Smart, Beatrice Kay, John Gibson, Arthur Vinton, Larry Robinson, Bartlett Robinson, Martin Wolfson, Joel O'Brien, Perry Lafferty, Kermit Murdock, Joseph Julian, Minerva Pious, Katherine Locke, Carl Frank, Joan Alexander, Arnold Moss, Ralph Bell, Orson Welles, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
A series of stories ranging from serious to whimsical. The most famous is On a Note of Triumph, a celebration of the Allied victory in Europe, first broadcast on VE Day, May 8, 1945.
Columbia WorkshopColumbia Workshop
Show Count: 158
Broadcast History: 18 July 1936 to 8 November 1942, 7 March 1944 to 15 August 1944, 2 February 1946 to 25 January 1947 and 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Orson Welles, Karl Swenson, Neil O'Malley, Fred Stewart, Minerva Pious, Burgess Meredith, Carl Frank, Joan Alexander, Arnold Moss
Director: Marx B Loeb, Irving Reis, William N Robson, Brewster Morgan, Earle McGill, Norman Corwin, Betzy Tuthill, James Fassett, Albert Ward, Carl Beier, Richard Sanville, Perry Lafferty, Guy della Cioppa, George Zachary, Martin Gosch, Howard Barnes
This was drama with a difference. Columbia Workshop was not everybody’s cup of tea and in terms of audience popularity it was always noted that it was never a strong contender for the title “Radios Top Rated Drama Series” and yet it was always considered to be the drama program that led the way in radio standards.