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Harry Ackerman

Harry Ackerman

Harry Ackerman was a famed TV executive producer at Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures.

From 1958 through 1974, under the command of Ackerman as Vice President of Production, Screen Gems delivered the classic sitcoms: Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, Hazel, Gidget, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Monkees, and The Partridge Family.

Harry Ackerman won two Emmy Awards for his work, and was the first producer ever honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their 1974 luncheon.

For his work on television, Ackerman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6661 Hollywood Blvd.

The Harry Ackerman Collection of personal papers was donated to the Dartmouth College Library in 1994 as a gift from Ackerman's widow, actress Elinor Donahue. Harry Ackerman, a Class of 1935 graduate, was one of the most prolific producers in the history of television, having created or co-created and produced a total of 21 television series, seven of which were on the air simultaneously.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Harry Ackerman Facts

BirthdayNovember 17, 1912
BirthplaceAlbany, New York, USA
Date of deathFebruary 3, 1991 (Burbank, California, USA, age 78)

Selected Filmography

Trouble From Mars
Poor Mr. Wilson
Dead and Gone
The Farmer's Daughter
The Flying Nun: Under a Spell
The Good The Rad And The Gnarly
The Flying Nun: Maiden Voyage
The Flying Nun: Birds of a Feather
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