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Also Known As: Died: June 23, 2006
Born: April 22, 1923 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: Producer ...


Created the WB series "Charmed" reuniting him with "90210" star Shannen Doherty; Doherty left the show in 2001
Had a hit with the ABC police drama "S.W.A.T."
Had another success with the anthology "Hotel" (ABC)
Had big screen hit with "Mr. Mom"
Merged company with Worldvision Enterprises into Spelling Inc.; named chairman of Spelling Inc.
Produced the NBC fall primetime serial "Titans"
Raised in Texas
Served as an executive producer of the feature version of "The Mod Squad"; last project under the film production arm of Spelling Entertainment
Sold his first script to Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater"
TV-movie producing debut "The Ballad of Andy Crocker" (ABC)
With Goldberg, executive produced the hit ABC cop drama "Starsky and Hutch"
With Leonard Goldberg, formed and served as co-president of Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Won Emmy for the three-hour drama about the atom bomb, "Day One"; aired on CBS
Attempted to translate his primetime sopa opera success to the fledling The WB with "Savannah"
Directed several plays at Playhouse and Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, Texas, and the Players Theatre in Los Angeles
Executive produced the short-lived WB drama "Summerland"
First venture into the miniseries genre "Crossings" (CBS)
Had success with Cramer as executive producers of "Fantasy Island" (ABC)
Last feature credit for eight years, "Soapdish"
Moved into the genre of primetime soaps with "Dynasty"; one of four executive producers
Produced the episode of "The Dick Powell Show" that introduced the character of Amos Burke
Ran into a spate of bad luck with "Models Inc." (Fox), "Madman of the People" (NBC) and "Winnetka Road" (NBC)
Revived "The Love Boat" for UPN
Served as one of the executive producers of "Charlie's Angels"; reteamed with "Rookies" star Kate Jackson
Served as president of Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc., Los Angeles
Served in US Air Force; worked as a correspondent for STARS AND STRIPES; wounded by sniper's bullet in left hand and knee
Stumbled with "2000 Malibu Road", a CBS series co-executive produced with Joel Schumacher
Was one of the executive producers of the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory"
With Cramer, was executive producer of the ABC TV-movie about anorexia "The Best Little Girl in the World", starring Jennifer Jason Leigh
With Danny Thomas, was executive producer of the ABC TV-movie "The Return of the Mod Squad"
With E Duke Vincent, served as executive producer of the acclaimed Emmy-winning HBO movie about the AIDS crisis "And the Band Played On"
Worked as one of the directors on the sitcom, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS)
Acted in first feature, "Vicki"
Created first TV series, "Johnny Ringo" (CBS); also producer and writer
Executive produced the acclaimed TV-movie "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (ABC), starring John Travolta
Fox's "Melrose Place" also proved to be a hit
Produced over 10 made-for-TV movies for ABC
Received Emmy nomination for "Dynasty"
Received first Emmy nomination for "Mod Squad" (ABC)
Remake of "Burke's Law" aired on CBS
Revisited another of his successes with the miniseries "Dynasty: The Reunion" (ABC)
Scored a hit with "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox); daughter Tori featured as one of the regulars; son Randy had recurring role
Served as an executive producer on "T.J. Hooker"
Served as producer of the ABC series "Burke's Law" and its 1965-1966 revamp "Amos Burke, Secret Agent"
Ventured into daytime television with the NBC soap opera "Sunset Beach"; son Randy was featured in a regular role
Wrote his first play, "Thorns in the Road", based on his nightmarish WWII experiences; staged play with his "mail-room guys"--a group of fledgling actors who worked in the same office building as he did when he arrived in Los Angeles
Became producer at Four Star
Executive produced "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS)
Executive produced a series of "Love Boat" TV-movies
Formed Torand Productions Inc.
Had surprise success with the family drama "7th Heaven" on The WB
Honored by ABC with "An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling"
Operated (with Danny Thomas) Thomas-Spelling Productions; produced such shows as "The Danny Thomas Hour" (NBC, 1967-1968), "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (ABC, 1967-1969) and "The Mod Squad" (ABC, 1968-1973)
Oversaw the syndicated efforts "Heaven Help Us" and "Robin's Hoods"
Produced first feature, "Guns of the Timberland"; also scripted
Received three Emmy nominations for the drama series "Family" (ABC)
Retemed with Goldberg as executive producer of the genial detective series "Hart to Hart", co-starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers
Rose to chairman and chief executive officer Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc.; took his company public in 1986
Served as a contributing writer to the ABC police drama "The Rookies"; also was one of the executive producers
Served as one of the executive producers of "Malibu Shores", a short-lived NBC serial featuring son Randy
With Douglas S Cramer, executive produced the long-running anthology series "The Love Boat" (ABC)

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