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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 ...
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Although many sources list his birth year as 1928, those that say 1923 are probably correct. A 1928 birthday would have made him a 14-year-old war correspondent during World War II.

Spelling successfully underwent treatment for a throat lesion in summer 2001.

Spelling received a tribute at the 1991 People's Choice Awards (aired on March 17, 1992) citing his "innate sense of the public taste."

Spelling's very occasional feature film productions have included "Baby Blue Marine" (1975), "Mr. Mom" (1983), "'night, Mother" (1986), "Surrender" (1987), "Loose Cannons" (1989) and "Soapdish" (1991).

Reflecting on the premise of one his most popular TV series, "Charlie's Angels", Spelling mused: "We thought it was great camp--how can you really believe there were three young private detectives making $500 a week, wearing $10,000 Nolan Miller wardrobes and working for a man who was just a voice on the telephone?"

"I just got tired of the critics saying that I was the master of schlock. It didn't bother me until my kids began growing up and reading it. Well, I'm proud of those entertainment shows they call schlock." --Quoted in The New York Times, October 14, 1991.

"I came [to L.A. in 1953] from Dallas driving an old Plymouth. I had to eventually trade down--I got $150 in cash so I could live. [Now worth an estimated $235 million, Spelling is building a 57,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills.] I have a recurring dream, my wife can vouch for this. I dream that I wake up and I'm back on Browder Street in Dallas, and none of this has ever really happened. Maybe that's why I'm so thin, because I sweat a lot, but that is my dream. That it's all a fantasy."

He was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.

Honored with the NAACP Image Award at least six times (begining in 1970), a record unmatched by any other Hollywood producer

He was named Man of the Year by the Publicists Guild of America in 1971.

He was named Man of the Year by the B'nai B'rith Beverly Hills Chapter (1972 and 1985).

Named Humanitarian of the Year in 1983

In 1988, Spelling received the Winston Churchill Medal of Wisdom, a private humanitarian award previously given to Dwight Eisenhower, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope.

Honored with the Scopus Award by the American Friends of Hebrew University (Jerusalem) in 1993

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

"Nowadays, people always say, how come he's doing such young shows? But they never mention 'The Mod Squad'. I was very proud of that show. It's the first time an African-American guy kissed a white girl, and they said, we'll lose our sponsors, and I said, well I'm not cutting it or I'll leave the show. What did I care? I wasn't married. I didn't have children then. And you know what? We didn't get a single letter, not a single sponsor dropped out, 'cause they realised it was not a sexual kiss but a friendship kiss. And I should say that in the show's five years, [the characters] never carried a gun or fired a gun." --Aaron Spelling quoted in Us, December 1996.

"I kind of got kicked out of Texas. I directed a play for a black high school while I was going to SMU, and [as a result] my father was fired from Sears. My sister went to see the people at Sears and said, 'If Aaron left town and he was never to return, would they hire [my father] back?' He was a good tailor, and they did. I was anxious to leave anyway." --Spelling quoted in Soap Opera Digest, October 7, 1997.

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