Summers passed away today of a heart attack in Santa Clarita, California, his family said.
The Texas native was born in El Paso and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. He began his Hollywood career in the 1960s as an actor, with his longtime friend, F. Murray Abraham.
Summers then moved behind the camera at ABC Television, working on live stage shows, including American Bandstand. He segued into videotape editing when the format took hold, and didn’t look back.
He enjoyed a successful career working on ABC productions, including Barney Miller, Battle of the Network Stars and Soap. He would later go to work on ABC’s Wild World of Sports for the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics, for