Tuesday, producer, director Bud Yorkin died at the age of 89 of natural causes, a family spokesman said.
- He died at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
- Bud Yorkin, a director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes.
Producer, Director Bud Yorkin created Tandem Productions in 1959 with writer-producer Norman Lear and remained in partnership with him until selling his interest in the company in 1983. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”
“His was the horse we rode in on and I couldn’t love or appreciate him more,” Norman Lear said.
Producer, Director Bud Yorkin left his wife Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, sons David and Michael, daughters Nicole and Jessica, and four grandchildren. Nicole Yorkin is a prominent writer-producer and showrunner.
In 1954, Yorkin became the producer of NBC’s The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program which preceded the nightly news on Monday evenings. In 1956, he became the producer and director of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s NBC half-hour comedy/variety program, The Ford Show.
Alan David “Bud” Yorkin (born February 22, 1926, died August 18, 2015) was an American film and television producer, director, writer and actor.
Yorkin was born in the Pittsburgh area city of Washington, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists and Warner Bros.
Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special An Evening With Fred Astaire, which won nine Emmy Awards. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the ’70s, such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and Sanford and Son.
After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful Sanford and Son spin-off sitcom Grady. In 1976, he formed TOY Productions with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son from 1974–1977), but their two hits were What’s Happening!! and Carter Country. TOY Productions was acquired by Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.
In 1999, he and Lear were awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Yorkin’s film directing credits include The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Divorce American Style and Inspector Clouseau (film) of the Pink Panther series.IMAGE/Fred Prouser