Lives of Ben Franklin

1974, TV Show

An ambitious chronicle of Benjamin Franklin's remarkable career, portrayed by five actors at various stages in his long life. It aired during the run-up to the Bicentennial. Episodes were penned by Howard Fast and Loring Mandel, and had a superlative cast that included Melvyn Douglas, Richard Widmark, and Lloyd and Beau Bridges. It won Emmys for limited series, writing, art direction and music.

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Premiered: November 21, 1974, on CBS
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Premise: An ambitious chronicle of Benjamin Franklin's remarkable career, portrayed by five actors at various stages in his long life. It aired during the run-up to the Bicentennial. Episodes were penned by Howard Fast and Loring Mandel, and had a superlative cast that included Melvyn Douglas, Richard Widmark, and Lloyd and Beau Bridges. It won Emmys for limited series, writing, art direction and music.

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