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NORMAN MACDONNELL (November 8, 1916, in Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California
– November 28, 1979, in Burbank, California
Burbank, California
) was an American radio and television producer best known for co-creating (along with John Meston ) and producing the Western radio and television series, Gunsmoke . He was also a long-time executive producer for the television series The Virginian .

CONTENTS

* 1 Radio
Radio
* 2 Television
Television
* 3 Family * 4 References

RADIO

Macdonnell was active during the days of old-time radio . Programs for which he was producer, director, or both included The Adventures of Philip Marlowe , Escape , Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
, Gunsmoke , Have Gun, Will Travel , The Harold Peary Show , Suspense , The Green Lama and Rogers of the Gazette.

TELEVISION

The website tv.com described Macdonnell as being "immortalized with his creation of the longest-running prime-time drama series in TV history" (Gunsmoke). The site went on to say:

Through its intelligent scripts, strong performances and innovative sound effects, Gunsmoke captivated audiences. With the boom of television, Gunsmoke came to the airwaves in 1955 for the start of a 20 year run. Macdonnell came on board the TV series in 1956. As a producer, he led Gunsmoke to four straight years as TV's number one program.

Macdonnell produced two other television programs, The Virginian and The Road West .

FAMILY

Macdonnell was married to the former Judith Murray. They had one child (a daughter ), 2 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B " Norman Macdonnell Biography". Internet Move Database. Retrieved 1 June 2014. * ^ Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2 . Pp. 12, 185, 215, 259-60, 268, 518, 584. * ^ "CBS Mystery Series". Broadcasting-Telecasting. Broadcasting Publications, Inc. June 13, 1949. Retrieved 2 June 2014. * ^ "Rogers of the Gazette" (PDF). Old-Time Radio. Retrieved 2 June 2014. * ^ "Norman Macdonnell". tv.com. Retrieved 2 June 2014. * ^ A B "Norman Macdonnell, \'Gunsmoke\' Creator". The Hour. December 1, 1979. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 161603376

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