Norman Lear


STARmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,725 this week
TV Program
5:42 | TV Program
Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television. Norman Milton Lear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Enie/Jeanette (Sokolovsky) and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. His grandparents were all Russian Jewish immigrants. ... See full bio »

The Worst Gifts in Our Favorite Holiday Films

On this IMDbrief, we break down the worst gifts ever given in our favorite holiday movies. For some great gift ideas, check out IMDb's Holiday Gift Guide, curated with the entertainment lover in mind!

Watch now

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

On Prime Video

Watch on TV

South Park
I'm a Little Bit Country (S7, Ep4)
Fri, Dec 13 2:15 AM PST on COMEDY (064)
Come Blow Your Horn
Fri, Dec 13 8:30 AM PST on KCOPDT3 (189)

Projects In Development

Offal
2020
Details only on IMDbPro »

Editorial Lists

Related lists from IMDb editors

a list of 10 images
updated 3 months ago
 
a list of 84 images
updated 04 Aug 2016
 

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 people
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 22 people
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 21 people
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 35 people
created 24 Dec 2017
 
a list of 100 people
created 19 Jun 2017
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Norman Lear's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

(1968-1979)
(1991)
(1976-1977)
Maude Writer
(1972-1978)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Writer (44 credits)
 2017-2019 One Day at a Time (TV Series) (original series developed by - 39 episodes)
- Anxiety (2019) ... (original series developed by)
- She Drives Me Crazy (2019) ... (original series developed by)
- The First Time (2019) ... (original series developed by)
- Benefit with Friends (2019) ... (original series developed by)
- Hermanos (2019) ... (original series developed by)
 2018 Guess Who Died (TV Movie) (creator)
 1997 Channel Umptee-3 (TV Series) (developer - 1 episode)
- The U.F.O. Show (1997) ... (creator)
  704 Hauser (TV Mini-Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1994) (story by - 1 episode, 1994) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1994)
- Revelations (1994) ... (creator)
- All That Jasmine (1994) ... (creator)
- Triskaidekaphobia (1994) ... (creator)
- Ernie Live on Tape (1994) ... (creator)
  Sunday Dinner (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1991) (creator - 1 episode, 1991)
- Whose House Is It Anyway? (1991) ... (creator)
- The Write Stuff (1991) ... (creator)
- My Dinner with Jack and Delores (1991) ... (creator)
- In Sickness and in Health (1991) ... (creator)
- Guess Who's Coming to Sunday Dinner (1991) ... (creator)
 1985 Maguy (TV Series) (sitcom Maude)
 1975-1985 The Jeffersons (TV Series) (developed by - 253 episodes)
- Red Robins (1985) ... (creator)
- Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) ... (creator)
- The Odd Couple (1985) ... (creator)
- The Truth Hurts (1985) ... (creator)
- And Up We Go (1985) ... (creator)
 1984 P.O.P. (TV Movie)
 1975-1984 One Day at a Time (TV Series) (developed by - 209 episodes)
- Another Man's Shoes (1984) ... (creator)
- Off We Go (1984) ... (creator)
- The Nearness of You (1984) ... (creator)
- Meaning of Life (1984) ... (creator)
- Up in Smoke (1984) ... (creator)
  a.k.a. Pablo (TV Series) (created by - 6 episodes, 1984) (creator - 6 episodes, 1984) (written by - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Woman Who Came to Dinner (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Whole Enchilada (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Presidential Joke Teller (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- My Son, the Gringo (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
- The Big Mouth (1984) ... (creator) / (creator)
 1982 I Love Liberty (TV Special)
 1974-1979 Good Times (TV Series) (developed by - 133 episodes)
- The Evans' Dilemma (1979) ... (creator)
- Cousin Raymond (1979) ... (creator)
- The End of the Rainbow (1979) ... (creator)
- A Matter of Mothers (1979) ... (creator)
- The Physical (1979) ... (creator)
  All in the Family (TV Series) (developed by - 206 episodes, 1971 - 1979) (written by - 9 episodes, 1968 - 1979) (teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1971) (story by - 1 episode, 1972)
- Too Good Edith (1979) ... (creator)
- The Return of Stephanie's Father (1979) ... (creator)
- The Family Next Door (1979) ... (creator)
- "All in the Family" Retrospective (1979) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Edith Gets Fired (1979) ... (creator)
 1978 Apple Pie (TV Series) (creator)
 1978 In the Beginning (TV Series) (developed by - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1978) ... (creator)
 1972-1978 Maude (TV Series) (created by - 141 episodes)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 3 (1978) ... (creator)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 2 (1978) ... (creator)
- Maude's Big Move: Part 1 (1978) ... (creator)
- Phillip's Mature Romance (1978) ... (creator)
- Mr. Butterfield's Return (1978) ... (creator)
 1977 Sanford Arms (TV Series) (developed by - 8 episodes)
- Young Love (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Wedding Reception (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The TV Show (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Ernie Williams Memorial Golf Course (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Phil's Past (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1977 The Little Rascals (TV Movie)
  Fernwood Tonight (TV Series) (creator - 49 episodes, 1977) (writer - 32 episodes, 1977)
- Save 'Fernwood 2Night' Telethon (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.64 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.62 (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Fernwood Female All-Stars (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Battery Powered Car (1977) ... (creator) / (writer)
  Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series) (developed by - 324 episodes, 1976 - 1977) (created by - 1 episode, 1976)
- Episode #2.195 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.194 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.193 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.192 (1977) ... (creator)
- Episode #2.191 (1977) ... (creator)
 1972-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (developed by - 135 episodes)
- School Daze (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Funny, You Don't Look It (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Lucky Streak (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Fred the Activist (1977) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1976 The Dumplings (TV Series) (developed with - 10 episodes)
- Joe Takes a Fall (1976) ... (developed with)
- The Foundling (1976) ... (developed with)
- The Other Woman (1976) ... (developed with)
- Cully's Sister (1976) ... (developed with)
- Sweetzer's Image (1976) ... (developed with)
 1975 Three to Get Ready (TV Movie) (creator)
 1971 Cold Turkey (screen story by) / (screenplay by)
 1968 Justice for All (TV Movie) (written by)
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's (screenplay)
 1967 Divorce American Style (screenplay)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Where It's At (1966)
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn (screenplay)
 1962 The Andy Williams Special (TV Special)
 1962 Henry Fonda and the Family (TV Special) (written by)
 1961 The Danny Kaye Special (TV Special) (written by)
  The Deputy (TV Series) (created by - 76 episodes, 1959 - 1961) (written by - 1 episode, 1959)
- Lawman's Conscience (1961) ... (creator)
- Lorinda Belle (1961) ... (creator)
- Brand of Honesty (1961) ... (creator)
- The Deathly Quiet (1961) ... (creator)
- The Legend of Dixie (1961) ... (creator)
 1961 Bobby Darin and Friends (TV Special) (written by)
  The George Gobel Show (TV Series) (7 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #5.8 (1959)
- Episode #5.7 (1958)
- Episode #5.6 (1958) ... (writer)
- Episode #5.5 (1958)
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (1 episode, 1958) (writer - 3 episodes, 1957 - 1958)
- Charles Laughton (1958) ... (writer)
- Roberta Sherwood (1958) ... (writer)
- Macdonald Carey (1957) ... (writer)
 1954-1956 The Martha Raye Show (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Buster Keaton, Paul Douglas (1956) ... (writer)
- Cesar Romero, Paul Lynde (1954) ... (writer)
  The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1950 - 1951) (written by - 5 episodes, 1950 - 1952) (writer - 4 episodes, 1952 - 1953) (co-writer - 1 episode, 1950)
- Episode #4.1 (1953) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.33 (1953) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.11 (1952) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.1 (1952) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.35 (1952) ... (written by)
 1953 Scared Stiff (additional dialogue)
 1950 All Star Revue (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Danny Thomas (1950)
 1950 Ford Star Revue (TV Series) (1951)
Show Show Producer (62 credits)
Show Show Production manager (12 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (6 credits)
Show Show Script and Continuity Department (1 credit)
Show Show Director (8 credits)
Show Show Actor (7 credits)
Show Show Thanks (13 credits)
Show Show Self (138 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

In 1960, he co-produced an unsold pilot for a series starring Charles Aidman and Tex Ritter called, "Henry D". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 12 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the significance of his hat] The significance is not the same as how it started. The significance is over time. It just became, "Where's your hat?" If I went somewhere without it, people would ask me, "Hey, wait a minute, where is the hat?" So it became significant. See more »

Trivia:

Supposedly based Archie Bunker, at least in part, on his own father. The elder Lear was a salesman and, by all accounts, a vulgar, reactionary bigot who was constantly railing against women and minorities. He consistantly referred to Afro-Americans as "schwartzes," a Yiddish-American term with racially perjoritive connotations, and once called young Norman "the laziest white kid I ever knew." See more »

Trademark:

Ubiquitous boat hat See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed