Friday, April 27, 2018

Paul Junger Witt R.I.P.

Paul Junger Witt, who produced such shows as The Partridge Family, Soap, and The Golden Girls, died today, April 27 2018, at the age of 77. The cause was cancer.

Mr. Witt was born in New York Ciety on March 20 1943. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1963. He was an associate producer on the short-lived sitcoms Occasional Wife and The Second Hundred Years. He was a producer on Here Come the Brides and the first season of The Partridge Family.

In 1973 he left Columbia Pictures to work with Tony Thomas at Danny Thomas Productions. He also met his future wife and business partner, television writer Susan Harris. In 1975 Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas formed Witt/Thomas Productions. He served as an executive producer on the soap opera parody Soap and its spinoff Benson. In the Eighties he was executive producer on such shows as It's a Living, Hail to the Chief, The Golden Girls, and Beauty & the Beast. He served as a producer on the movies Firstborn (1984) and Dead Poets Society (1989).

In the Nineties he served as a producer on such shows as Empty Nest, The Golden Palace, Blossom, Herman's Head, Nurses, and The John Larroquette Show. He produced the movies Final Analysis (1992), Mixed Nuts (1994), and Three Kings (1999). In the Naughts he was a producer on the movie Insomnia (2002). In the Teens he served a producer on the movie A Better Life (2011) and the TV show Beauty and the Beast.

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