Norman Lear Net Worth

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Lear studied at Emerson College in Boston, but he dropped out in 1942 to join the US Army Air Corps, being awarded the Air Medal and serving until 1945, flying 52 bombing missions. Then he worked as a scriptwriter for comedies, and later he became a film director, as well as writing and producing. In 1971, his film “Divorce American Style” (1967) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy.

Lear’s extraordinary success really began when producing the television series which showed the life of a humble family of working class, based on the “Till Death Do Us Part” format which came from England. Until then, the majority of American sitcoms had shown only a model of an ideal family. Although the 1960s were very eventful, ABC and other broadcasters had persistently avoided sensitive issues. Lear produced two pilot episodes that ABC rejected. He established a third, which was bought by CBS, and the first episode was broadcast in January 1971. The series flourished in the summer, and “All in the Family” (1971 – 1972) climbed quickly to the top of the ratings. Lear’s net worth increased considerably from this production.

Lear’s second success was also based on a British series, this time “Steptoe and Son” from which “Sanford and Son” (1972 – 1977) evolved. Lear’s long-standing partner in the production was Bud Yorkin, the main producer of the series. However, their ways parted in 1975, at which point Lear founded the production company, Tandem / TAT, and which became one of the most successful independent TV production companies in the 1970s. Although the issues with which Lear’s programs dealt have become obsolete to some extent today, the series remain popular, and might be bought on DVD. Of course, this series also helped the rise of Norman’s net worth.

Since the early 1990s, Lear’s efforts to push further into the television industry often failed. Of course, the work on television still increased Norman Lear’s net worth steadily. More, he was recognised by critics and audiences, too. He won the Emmy Award three times, and in 1975 he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lear was also awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Finally, in the personal life of the producer and writer, he has been married three times. In 1943, he married Charlotte Rosen who gave birth to their daughter Ellen Lear. However, the couple divorced after 10 years of marriage. In 1956, he married Frances Loeb, the publisher of Lear’s Magazine. They have two daughters together, but divorced in 1983, with Lear paying a $112 million divorce settlement. In 1987, Norman married the psychologist Lyn Lear who also gave birth to a son. In 1994, twins were born to surrogate.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Norman Lear
  • Net Worth: $700 million
  • Date Of Birth: July 27, 1922
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, Political activist, Television Director
  • Education: Emerson College
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Lyn Lear, Frances Lear
  • Children: Kate Lear, Brianna Lear, Maggie Lear, Ellen Lear, Madeline Lear, Benjamin Lear
  • Parents: Herman Lear, Jeanette Seicol
  • Siblings: Claire Lear
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheNormanLear
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thenormanlear
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0005131
  • Awards: Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Peabody Award, International Emmy Founders Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, TCA Career Achievement Award, WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tri…
  • Nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing – Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Comedy, Primetime E…
  • TV Shows: All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, All That Glitters, Fernwood 2 Night, 704 Hauser, The Deputy, Archie Bunker’s Place, a.k.a. Pablo, All’s Fair, The Nancy Walker Show, The Facts of Life, America 2-Night, Apple Pie, In the Beginning, Sunday Dinner, Mr. Dugan

Quotes

  • The best gift I’ve ever gotten, I’ve gotten every day of my life, and that’s waking up. I love waking up. I’m a morning afternoon and evening person. There are two small words that are the most important words in the English language: ‘over’ and ‘next’.
  • [ on being 90 years old] Suddenly I walk into a room, they’re ready to applaud. I’m told how great I look all the time, and they don’t mean beautiful. They mean, You’re alive.
  • Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of these tiny successes. And big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’ t collect all those tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.

Facts

  • Was a mentor to Seth MacFarlane.
  • First cousin of David Susskind.
  • A veteran of World War II who flew missions over Italy.
  • Godfather to actress Katey Sagal.
  • He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1999 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
  • Acted as a consultant for Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park (1997) at the age of 80 years old. He assisted on South Park: Cancelled (2003) and came up with the idea of the giant talking taco. He also worked on the South Park: I’m a Little Bit Country (2003) episode.
  • Is a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • In 1980, he founded a public interest group “People For The American Way” which is a liberal group.
  • Supposedly based Archie Bunker, at least in part, on his own father. The elder Lear was a salesman and, by all accounts, a vulgar, reactionary bigot who was constantly railing against women and minorities. He consistantly referred to Afro-Americans as “schwartzes,” a Yiddish-American term with racially perjoritive connotations, and once called young Norman “the laziest white kid I ever knew.”
  • Long a renowned supporter of liberal political causes, he changed his party registration to Republican in 1980 and endorsed John Anderson for President, after calling the administration of Jimmy Carter a “complete disaster.”
  • In 1959 Lear produced a pilot for a situation comedy called “Band of Gold” in which James Franciscus and Suzanne Pleshette played a different couple each week. The program was considered too “experimental” and was never broadcast.

Trademarks

  • Best known for his ground breaking situation comedies that featured families that regularly confronted major political and social issues of the day.

Filmography

Writer
Title Year Status Character
704 Hauser TV Series created by – 6 episodes, 1994 story by – 1 episode, 1994 teleplay by – 1 episode, 1994
Sunday Dinner TV Series created by – 6 episodes, 1991 creator – 1 episode, 1991
Maguy 1985 TV Series sitcom Maude
The Jeffersons 1975-1985 TV Series developed by – 253 episodes
P.O.P. 1984 TV Movie
One Day at a Time 1975-1984 TV Series developed by – 209 episodes
a.k.a. Pablo TV Series created by – 6 episodes, 1984 creator – 6 episodes, 1984 written by – 1 episode, 1984
I Love Liberty 1982 TV Special
All in the Family TV Series developed by – 206 episodes, 1971 – 1979 written by – 9 episodes, 1968 – 1979 teleplay by – 3 episodes, 1971 story by – 1 episode, 1972
Good Times 1974-1979 TV Series developed by – 133 episodes
Apple Pie 1978 TV Series creator
Maude 1972-1978 TV Series created by – 141 episodes
Fernwood Tonight TV Series creator – 48 episodes, 1977 writer – 32 episodes, 1977
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman TV Series developed by – 324 episodes, 1976 – 1977 created by – 1 episode, 1976
Sanford and Son 1972-1977 TV Series developed by – 135 episodes
Sanford Arms 1977 TV Series developed by – 8 episodes
The Little Rascals 1977 TV Movie
Cold Turkey 1971 screen story / screenplay
Justice for All 1968 TV Movie written by
The Night They Raided Minsky’s 1968 screenplay
Divorce American Style 1967 screenplay
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 screenplay
The Andy Williams Special 1962 TV Special
Henry Fonda and the Family 1962 TV Special written by
The Danny Kaye Special 1961 TV Special written by
The Deputy TV Series created by – 76 episodes, 1959 – 1961 written by – 1 episode, 1959
Bobby Darin and Friends 1961 TV Special written by
The George Gobel Show TV Series 7 episodes, 1958 – 1959 writer – 1 episode, 1958
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show TV Series 1 episode, 1958 writer – 3 episodes, 1957 – 1958
The Martha Raye Show 1954-1955 TV Series writer – 3 episodes
The Colgate Comedy Hour TV Series 1 episode, 1950 written by – 5 episodes, 1950 – 1952 writer – 4 episodes, 1952 – 1953 co-writer – 1 episode, 1950
Scared Stiff 1953 additional dialogue
Ford Star Revue 1950 TV Series 1951
Producer
Title Year Status Character
One Day at a Time 2017 TV Series executive producer – 11 episodes filming
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer pre-production
The Photographs of Your Junk (Will Be Publicized!) 2011 Short executive producer
El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances 2008 executive producer
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007 Documentary executive producer
Declaration of Independence 2003 Video documentary short co-executive producer
Independence Day 2001 2001 TV Movie segment producer
Maggie Bloom 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Way Past Cool 2000 executive producer
The Thing in Bob’s Garage 1998 executive producer
Channel Umptee-3 1997 TV Series executive producer
704 Hauser 1994 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
The Powers That Be 1992 TV Series executive producer
Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 executive producer
Sunday Dinner 1991 TV Series executive producer – 6 episodes
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special 1991 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Princess Bride 1987 executive producer
Heartsounds 1984 TV Movie executive producer
P.O.P. 1984 TV Movie executive producer
Good Evening, He Lied 1984 TV Movie executive producer
a.k.a. Pablo 1984 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
I Love Liberty 1982 TV Special executive producer
Palmerstown, U.S.A. TV Series co-executive producer – 16 episodes, 1980 – 1981 executive producer – 1 episode, 1980
Hanging In 1979 TV Series executive producer
Mr. Dugan 1979 TV Series executive producer
The Baxters 1979 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
Forever Fernwood 1977 TV Series executive producer
A Year at the Top 1977 TV Series executive producer
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976-1977 TV Series executive producer – 325 episodes
All That Glitters 1977 TV Series producer
Sanford and Son 1972-1977 TV Series executive producer – 135 episodes
The Little Rascals 1977 TV Movie executive producer
The Nancy Walker Show 1976 TV Series executive producer
All in the Family TV Series executive producer – 63 episodes, 1972 – 1976 producer – 37 episodes, 1971 – 1972
Hot L Baltimore 1975 TV Series executive producer – 13 episodes
Good Times 1974-1975 TV Series executive producer – 37 episodes
Maude 1972-1974 TV Series executive producer – 46 episodes
The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1973 producer
Robert Young and the Family 1971 TV Special producer
Cold Turkey 1971 producer
Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 executive producer
Justice for All 1968 TV Movie executive producer
The Night They Raided Minsky’s 1968 producer
Divorce American Style 1967 producer
Never Too Late 1965 producer
Barnaby 1965 TV Movie executive producer
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 producer
The Andy Williams Show 1962 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
The Andy Williams Special 1962 TV Special producer
Henry Fonda and the Family 1962 TV Special producer
The Danny Kaye Special 1961 TV Special producer
General Electric Theater 1961 TV Series producer – 1 episode
Bobby Darin and Friends 1961 TV Special producer
The Martha Raye Show 1954-1956 TV Series producer – 15 episodes
Production Manager
Title Year Status Character
Good Times 1975-1978 TV Series production supervisor – 72 episodes
All in the Family 1974-1978 TV Series production supervisor – 95 episodes
The Jeffersons 1975-1978 TV Series production supervisor – 86 episodes
Maude 1975-1977 TV Series production supervisor – 7 episodes
Forever Fernwood 1977 TV Series production supervisor
All That Glitters 1977 TV Series production supervisor
The Nancy Walker Show 1976 TV Series production supervisor
All’s Fair 1976 TV Series production supervisor
The Dumplings 1976 TV Series production supervisor
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976 TV Series production supervisor
Grady 1975 TV Series production supervisor
Hot L Baltimore 1975 TV Series production supervisor
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
South Park 2003 TV Series consultant – 2 episodes
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary funding generously provided by
There Were Times, Dear 1985 TV Movie funding source
All in the Family TV Series developed for television by – 82 episodes, 1971 – 1975 developer – 69 episodes, 1975 – 1979 script supervisor – 34 episodes, 1971 – 1972 development – 14 episodes, 1975 – 1976
Good Times TV Series developer – 14 episodes, 1975 – 1977 developed for television by – 6 episodes, 1974 – 1976
All That Glitters 1977 TV Series developer
Director
Title Year Status Character
Maggie Bloom 2000 TV Movie
704 Hauser 1994 TV Series 1 episode
The Powers That Be 1992 TV Series 1 episode
Cold Turkey 1971
All in the Family 1968-1969 TV Series 2 episodes
Justice for All 1968 TV Movie
The George Gobel Show 1958-1959 TV Series 5 episodes
The Martha Raye Show 1954-1956 TV Series 6 episodes
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase 2014 TV Movie
Ghetto Physics 2010
Jack & Bobby 2005 TV Series Future Peter Benedict
South Park 2003 TV Series Benjamin Franklin
Quiz Kids 1981 TV Series Host
Cold Turkey 1971 Crying Man (uncredited)
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 Party Guest (uncredited)
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
This Is It 2009 Documentary additional thanks
Small Town Gay Bar 2006 Documentary special thanks
Dear Jesse 1998 Documentary thanks
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary very special thanks
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special special thanks
Mergers & Acquisitions 1989 Short thanks
Halal in the Family 2015 TV Series special thanks – 4 episodes
P.O.V. 2012 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode
The Revisionaries 2012 Documentary thanks
The Adventures of Dugg & Lemmy 2012 TV Series very special thanks – 1 episode
Pablo 2012 thanks
I’m Carolyn Parker 2011 Documentary special thanks
The After Party: The Last Party 3 2011 Documentary very special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
My Next Breath 2018 Documentary filming rumored
Find Your Groove 2017 Documentary filming Himself
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary pre-production Himself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2009-2016 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Harmontown 2016 TV Series Himself
TV Land Icon Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Himself – Impact Icon Award Honoree
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Documentary Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself – Panelist
StarTalk 2015 TV Series Himself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Unsung Hollywood 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dr. Oz Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The View 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Good Morning America 1979-2014 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Stand Up Planet 2013 TV Series Himself
Casting By 2012 Documentary Himself
Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption 2012 Documentary Himself
Pablo 2012 Himself
America in Primetime 2011 TV Series documentary Himself – Creator, All in the Family
The After Party: The Last Party 3 2011 Documentary Himself
Ray Charles America 2010 Documentary Himself
The 1st Annual Noble Awards 2009 TV Movie Himself – Recipient
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 2009 Documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
TV’s 50 Funniest Catch Phrases 2009 TV Movie Himself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Florence Henderson Show 2009 TV Series Himself – guest
Biography 2001-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Iconoclasts 2007 TV Series documentary
The Brothers Warner 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself – Producer
The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord & Conflict 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Square Off 2006 TV Series Himself
Now 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2006 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Slam Planet 2006 Documentary Himself
TV Land’s Top Ten 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin 2005 Documentary short Himself
The Evolution Will Be Televised 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special 2004 TV Movie Himself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Imagine 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Texas Monthly Talks 2003 TV Series Himself – Interviewee
Intimate Portrait 2000-2003 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself – Interviewee
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
She Turned the World on with Her Smile: The Making of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ 2002 Video documentary Himself
TV Tales 2002 TV Series Himself
TV’s Most Censored Moments 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Everybody Loves Raymond 2002 TV Series Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: The Dick Van Dyke Show 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself
CBS: The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
League of Legends 1998 TV Movie Himself
New Passages 1996 TV Movie Himself
Corwin 1996 TV Movie Himself
Color Adjustment 1992 Documentary Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special 1991 TV Movie documentary Host
50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
One Voice 1986 TV Special documentary Himself – Audience Member (uncredited)
The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame 1984 Himself – Winner
This Is Your Life 1984 TV Series Himself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
Creativity with Bill Moyers 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Today 1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977-1979 TV Series Himself – Producer / Himself – TV Producer
All in the Family 1974-1979 TV Series Himself – Host / Himself
A Different Approach 1978 Short Himself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Outstanding Comedy Series
Hollywood & Vine 1977 Documentary short Himself
Dinah! 1975-1977 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope’s World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself – Host / Charles W. Robinson / Various
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976 TV Series Himself
Day at Night 1974 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding New Series and Outstanding Series – Comedy
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952 TV Series Himself – Technician / Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
MSNBC Live 2014 TV Series Himself
Showtime Looks at 1981 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself – TV Producer

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