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Short Info

Net Worth$700 million
Date Of BirthJuly 27, 1922
SpouseLyn Lear, Frances Lear
MarkBest known for his ground breaking situation comedies that featured families that regularly confronted major political and social issues of the day.
FactGodfather to actress Katey Sagal.

Norman Lear is an American television producer and writer who is best known for creating groundbreaking sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time and The Jeffersons. He has been a major force in television for over five decades, and his work has had a profound impact on American culture.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1922, Lear was the son of Jewish immigrants. His father, Herman, was a traveling salesman and his mother, Jeanette, was a homemaker. Lear was the middle child, with an older sister, Claire, and a younger brother, Lester.

Lear’s early education took place in New Haven public schools. He was an average student, but he did have a passion for writing. After high school, he enrolled in Emerson College in Boston, but he dropped out after just one semester.

In 1942, Lear enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served during World War II. He was stationed in England and worked as a mechanic on B-17 bombers. He later said that his time in the military was “the making of [him] as a man.”

After the war, Lear moved to New York City and began working in the advertising industry. He soon found success as a writer and producer of radio and television commercials. In the early 1960s, he began working in television comedy, writing for shows such as The Danny Thomas Show and The Beverly Hillbillies.

In 1971, Lear created All in the Family, which was an instant hit with audiences. The show broke new ground by tackling controversial topics such as racism, sexism, and politics. All in the Family ran for nine seasons and won numerous awards, including four Emmy Awards for Lear himself.

After All in the Family ended, Lear went on to create several other successful sitcoms, including Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and The Jeffersons. He also produced films such as The Princess Bride and Stand by Me.

In the 1980s, Lear became more involved in politics, and he became an active supporter of liberal causes. He founded People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy group. He also produced several television specials that addressed social issues such as poverty and homelessness.

In recent years, Lear has continued to be active in television and film. He has produced shows such as 8 Simple Rules and Hot in Cleveland. He has also been involved in several documentary films, including An American Family: The Story of Us (2001) and This Is Us (2017).

Lear is now 96 years old and is still working on new projects. He is currently working on a reboot of his classic sitcom One Day at a Time.

Throughout his career, Norman Lear has been a groundbreaking force in television. He has created some of the most iconic sitcoms in American history and has helped to shape the way we think about social issues. He is truly a legend in the world of television.

General Info

Full NameNorman Lear
Net Worth$700 million
Date Of BirthJuly 27, 1922
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, Political activist, Television Director
EducationEmerson College


SpouseLyn Lear, Frances Lear
ChildrenKate Lear, Brianna Lear, Maggie Lear, Ellen Lear, Madeline Lear, Benjamin Lear
ParentsHerman Lear, Jeanette Seicol
SiblingsClaire Lear


AwardsNorman 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...
NominationsAcademy 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 ShowsAll 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

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#Marks / Signs
1Best known for his ground breaking situation comedies that featured families that regularly confronted major political and social issues of the day.


1The 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'.
2[ 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.
3Life 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.


1Was a mentor to Seth MacFarlane.
2First cousin of David Susskind.
3A veteran of World War II who flew missions over Italy.
4Godfather to actress Katey Sagal.
5He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1999 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
6Acted 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.
7Is a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
8In 1980, he founded a public interest group "People For The American Way" which is a liberal group.
9Supposedly 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."
10Long 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."
11In 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.




704 HauserTV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1994 story by - 1 episode, 1994 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1994
Sunday DinnerTV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1991 creator - 1 episode, 1991
Maguy1985TV Series sitcom Maude
The Jeffersons1975-1985TV Series developed by - 253 episodes
P.O.P.1984TV Movie
One Day at a Time1975-1984TV Series developed by - 209 episodes
a.k.a. PabloTV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1984 creator - 6 episodes, 1984 written by - 1 episode, 1984
I Love Liberty1982TV Special
All in the FamilyTV Series developed by - 206 episodes, 1971 - 1979 written by - 9 episodes, 1968 - 1979 teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1971 story by - 1 episode, 1972
Good Times1974-1979TV Series developed by - 133 episodes
Apple Pie1978TV Series creator
Maude1972-1978TV Series created by - 141 episodes
Fernwood TonightTV Series creator - 48 episodes, 1977 writer - 32 episodes, 1977
Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanTV Series developed by - 324 episodes, 1976 - 1977 created by - 1 episode, 1976
Sanford and Son1972-1977TV Series developed by - 135 episodes
Sanford Arms1977TV Series developed by - 8 episodes
The Little Rascals1977TV Movie
Cold Turkey1971screen story / screenplay
Justice for All1968TV Movie written by
The Night They Raided Minsky's1968screenplay
Divorce American Style1967screenplay
Come Blow Your Horn1963screenplay
The Andy Williams Special1962TV Special
Henry Fonda and the Family1962TV Special written by
The Danny Kaye Special1961TV Special written by
The DeputyTV Series created by - 76 episodes, 1959 - 1961 written by - 1 episode, 1959
Bobby Darin and Friends1961TV Special written by
The George Gobel ShowTV Series 7 episodes, 1958 - 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1958
The Tennessee Ernie Ford ShowTV Series 1 episode, 1958 writer - 3 episodes, 1957 - 1958
The Martha Raye Show1954-1955TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Colgate Comedy HourTV Series 1 episode, 1950 written by - 5 episodes, 1950 - 1952 writer - 4 episodes, 1952 - 1953 co-writer - 1 episode, 1950
Scared Stiff1953additional dialogue
Ford Star Revue1950TV Series 1951


One Day at a Time2017TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes filming
America Divided2016TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer pre-production
The Photographs of Your Junk (Will Be Publicized!)2011Short executive producer
El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances2008executive producer
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song2007Documentary executive producer
Declaration of Independence2003Video documentary short co-executive producer
Independence Day 20012001TV Movie segment producer
Maggie Bloom2000TV Movie executive producer
Way Past Cool2000executive producer
The Thing in Bob's Garage1998executive producer
Channel Umptee-31997TV Series executive producer
704 Hauser1994TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Powers That Be1992TV Series executive producer
Fried Green Tomatoes1991executive producer
Sunday Dinner1991TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Princess Bride1987executive producer
Heartsounds1984TV Movie executive producer
P.O.P.1984TV Movie executive producer
Good Evening, He Lied1984TV Movie executive producer
a.k.a. Pablo1984TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
I Love Liberty1982TV Special executive producer
Palmerstown, U.S.A.TV Series co-executive producer - 16 episodes, 1980 - 1981 executive producer - 1 episode, 1980
Hanging In1979TV Series executive producer
Mr. Dugan1979TV Series executive producer
The Baxters1979TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Forever Fernwood1977TV Series executive producer
A Year at the Top1977TV Series executive producer
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1976-1977TV Series executive producer - 325 episodes
All That Glitters1977TV Series producer
Sanford and Son1972-1977TV Series executive producer - 135 episodes
The Little Rascals1977TV Movie executive producer
The Nancy Walker Show1976TV Series executive producer
All in the FamilyTV Series executive producer - 63 episodes, 1972 - 1976 producer - 37 episodes, 1971 - 1972
Hot L Baltimore1975TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Good Times1974-1975TV Series executive producer - 37 episodes
Maude1972-1974TV Series executive producer - 46 episodes
The Thief Who Came to Dinner1973producer
Robert Young and the Family1971TV Special producer
Cold Turkey1971producer
Start the Revolution Without Me1970executive producer
Justice for All1968TV Movie executive producer
The Night They Raided Minsky's1968producer
Divorce American Style1967producer
Never Too Late1965producer
Barnaby1965TV Movie executive producer
Come Blow Your Horn1963producer
The Andy Williams Show1962TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Andy Williams Special1962TV Special producer
Henry Fonda and the Family1962TV Special producer
The Danny Kaye Special1961TV Special producer
General Electric Theater1961TV Series producer - 1 episode
Bobby Darin and Friends1961TV Special producer
The Martha Raye Show1954-1956TV Series producer - 15 episodes

Production Manager

Good Times1975-1978TV Series production supervisor - 72 episodes
All in the Family1974-1978TV Series production supervisor - 95 episodes
The Jeffersons1975-1978TV Series production supervisor - 86 episodes
Maude1975-1977TV Series production supervisor - 7 episodes
Forever Fernwood1977TV Series production supervisor
All That Glitters1977TV Series production supervisor
The Nancy Walker Show1976TV Series production supervisor
All's Fair1976TV Series production supervisor
The Dumplings1976TV Series production supervisor
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1976TV Series production supervisor
Grady1975TV Series production supervisor
Hot L Baltimore1975TV Series production supervisor


South Park2003TV Series consultant - 2 episodes
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary funding generously provided by
There Were Times, Dear1985TV Movie funding source
All in the FamilyTV 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 TimesTV Series developer - 14 episodes, 1975 - 1977 developed for television by - 6 episodes, 1974 - 1976
All That Glitters1977TV Series developer


Maggie Bloom2000TV Movie
704 Hauser1994TV Series 1 episode
The Powers That Be1992TV Series 1 episode
Cold Turkey1971
All in the Family1968-1969TV Series 2 episodes
Justice for All1968TV Movie
The George Gobel Show1958-1959TV Series 5 episodes
The Martha Raye Show1954-1956TV Series 6 episodes


Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase2014TV Movie
Ghetto Physics2010
Jack & Bobby2005TV SeriesFuture Peter Benedict
South Park2003TV SeriesBenjamin Franklin
Quiz Kids1981TV SeriesHost
Cold Turkey1971Crying Man (uncredited)
Come Blow Your Horn1963Party Guest (uncredited)


This Is It2009Documentary additional thanks
Small Town Gay Bar2006Documentary special thanks
Dear Jesse1998Documentary thanks
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary very special thanks
The Earth Day Special1990TV Special special thanks
Mergers & Acquisitions1989Short thanks
Halal in the Family2015TV Series special thanks - 4 episodes
P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
The Revisionaries2012Documentary thanks
The Adventures of Dugg & Lemmy2012TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode
I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary special thanks
The After Party: The Last Party 32011Documentary very special thanks


My Next Breath2018Documentary filming rumored
Find Your Groove2017Documentary filmingHimself
America Divided2016TV Mini-Series documentary pre-productionHimself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2009-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Harmontown2016TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Icon Awards 20162016TV MovieHimself - Impact Icon Award Honoree
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
StarTalk2015TV SeriesHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Unsung Hollywood2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dr. Oz Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The View2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America1979-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Stand Up Planet2013TV SeriesHimself
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption2012DocumentaryHimself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Creator, All in the Family
The After Party: The Last Party 32011DocumentaryHimself
Ray Charles America2010DocumentaryHimself
The 1st Annual Noble Awards2009TV MovieHimself - Recipient
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg2009DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
TV's 50 Funniest Catch Phrases2009TV MovieHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself - guest
Biography2001-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Iconoclasts2007TV Series documentary
The Brothers Warner2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Producer
The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord & Conflict2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Square Off2006TV SeriesHimself
Now2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Slam Planet2006DocumentaryHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin2005Documentary shortHimself
The Evolution Will Be Televised2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special2004TV MovieHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Imagine2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Texas Monthly Talks2003TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Intimate Portrait2000-2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Interviewee
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
She Turned the World on with Her Smile: The Making of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'2002Video documentaryHimself
TV Tales2002TV SeriesHimself
TV's Most Censored Moments2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Everybody Loves Raymond2002TV SeriesHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: The Dick Van Dyke Show2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
CBS: The First 50 Years1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
League of Legends1998TV MovieHimself
New Passages1996TV MovieHimself
Corwin1996TV MovieHimself
Color Adjustment1992DocumentaryHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentaryHost
50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
One Voice1986TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame1984Himself - Winner
This Is Your Life1984TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
Creativity with Bill Moyers1982TV Series documentaryHimself
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1979TV SeriesHimself - Producer / Himself - TV Producer
All in the Family1974-1979TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
A Different Approach1978ShortHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Comedy Series
Hollywood & Vine1977Documentary shortHimself
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself - Host / Charles W. Robinson / Various
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1976TV SeriesHimself
Day at Night1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding New Series and Outstanding Series - Comedy
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself - Technician / Himself

Archive Footage

MSNBC Live2014TV SeriesHimself
Showtime Looks at 19811981TV Movie documentaryHimself - TV Producer


Won Awards

2016All Def Movie AwardAll Def Movie AwardsVanguard Award
2015Evelyn F. Burkey AwardWriters Guild of America, USA
2014Pioneer AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2008Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsLifetime Achievement Award (Other)
2006Lifetime Achievement Award in TelevisionPGA Awards
1999OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the Scenes
1999Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1999Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy Awards
1993Laurel Award for TV Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
1992Wise Owl AwardRetirement Research Foundation, USATelevision and Theatrical Film FictionFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1991Lifetime Achievement AwardCasting Society of America, USA
1987Creative Achievement AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1984Michael Landon AwardYoung Artist Awards
1983WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAVariety, Musical or ComedyI Love Liberty (1982)
1978Personal AwardPeabody AwardsAll in the Family (1971)
1978Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaTelevision
1978Valentine Davies AwardWriters Guild of America, USA
1975Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on July 16, 1975 at 6615 Hollywood Blvd.
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesAll in the Family (1971)
1973Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaTelevision
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Series - ComedyAll in the Family (1971)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Series - ComedyAll in the Family (1971)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding New SeriesAll in the Family (1971)

Nominated Awards

2008IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationContinuing SeriesAmerican Masters (1985)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Other)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialAll in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama/Comedy SpecialHeartsounds (1984)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramI Love Liberty (1982)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesAll in the Family (1971)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual AchievementMary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesAll in the Family (1971)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesMaude (1972)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding New SeriesMaude (1972)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Program - Drama or ComedyAll in the Family (1971)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in ComedyAll in the Family (1971)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in ComedyAll in the Family (1971)
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the ScreenDivorce American Style (1967)
1968WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American ComedyDivorce American Style (1967)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsProducer9th place.

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