Fast Facts

  • As a high-school senior, won an American Legion oratorical contest for a speech about what the U.S. Constitution meant to him.
  • Was an Army Air Force radioman during WWII; flew 56 missions and received an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
  • Began his show-business career in the early 1950s writing gags for Danny Thomas; later wrote Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's material for NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour.
  • Modeled Bea Arthur's Maude character after his ex-wife Frances Lear.
  • Cofounded People for the American Way, a civil-liberties advocacy organization, in 1981.
  • Was an inaugural inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984 (along with Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff).
  • Purchased a Dunlap broadside, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, for $8.1 million in 2001; it has been on display around the U.S. ever since.
  • In 2004, founded Declare Yourself, a nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign to encourage young adults to vote in political elections.
  • In 2009, started the Born Again American campaign, which promotes citizenship and activism.
  • Owns Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company.
  • Supports a variety of nonprofit organizations (including Habitat for Humanity, Heal the Bay and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles) through the Lear Family Foundation.

Awards

  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Series - Comedy: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Series - Comedy: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program--Drama or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1977, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Charlotte Rosen — Ex-wife
  • Ellen Lear — Daughter
  • Kate B. LaPook — Daughter
  • Lyn Lear — Wife
  • Brianna Elizabeth Lear — Daughter
  • Frances Loeb Lear — Ex-wife
  • Madeline Rose Lear — Daughter
  • Benjamin Davis Lear — Son
  • Herman Lear — Father
  • Maggie B. Lear — Daughter
  • Jeannette Seicol Lear — Mother
  • Katey Sagal — Godchild

College

  • Attended Emerson College, Boston, MA

Details

  • Birth Name: Norman Milton Lear
  • Birth Place: New Haven, CT
  • Birthday: July 27, 1922, Leo
  • Profession: Producer, Writer, Director
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