Wednesday, November 30, 2016
TV giant Grant Tinker passes away
Producer Grant Tinker, who formed MTM Enterprises named after Mary Tyler Moore, his wife at the time, passed away at the age of 90.
His resume is incredible:
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (#1 in ratings for 7 seasons; 29 Emmys; gave birth to “Lou Grant,” propelled Betty White to a long career) #19 all-time in Hollywood Reporter rankings.
“The Bob Newhart Show” #92 all-time in Hollywood Reporter rankings.
“Family Ties” #99 all-time in Hollywood Reporter rankings.
“Hill Street Blues” #63 all-time in Hollywood Reporter rankings.
“Marcus Welby, M.D.”
Personally, as the BJ TV editor for 16 years, I would put MTM, Newhart, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street in my top 25 of all time.
So one guy, in my opinion, came up with 4 of the best series in TV history. Pretty impressive body of work.
Tinker was born in Stamford, Connecticut and was a Dartmouth College graduate.