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Fred Silverman

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Born: September 13, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, executive

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 Love Boat, The (2001)
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 Happy Days (2001)
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Worked at WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, and at WPIX in New York, New York
1963:
Headed daytime programming at CBS
1970:
Named vice president programs at CBS
1975:
Appointed president, ABC Entertainment
1978:
Joined NBC as president and CEO
1981:
Formed independent production company
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Executive produced "We've Got It Made" (NBC; later in syndication)
1985:
Revived "Perry Mason" as TV-movies for NBC
1986:
Partnered with Dean Hargrove to launch first hit series, "Matlock" (NBC)
1988:
Launched "In the Heat of the Night" as weekly series (NBC, later CBS)
1993:
Launched "Diagnosis Murder" as weekly series (CBS)
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -
Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -
Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -

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Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1998.

Silverman had a heart attack in 1996. He told the LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 28, 1996: "[It] woke me up a little bit. This is just a job; it's not a religious calling."

"The top management [at CBS] was never satisfied. If I went to [CBS chair William] Paley and said 'We have nine of the top 10 shows in the daytime,' he would say, 'God, that 10th show. Isn't there anything you can do about that 10th show?' Good was not good enough. Great was not good enough." --Silverman to LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 28, 1996

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wife:
Cathy Kihn. Children were raised in her Roman Catholic faith.

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daughter:
Melissa Silverman. Working in motion picture design.
son:
William Silverman. Was student as Vassar from 1995.

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