Renowned television creator Norman Lear, known for his top-rated television shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” both of which skillfully blended humor with keen societal observations, passed away from natural causes at his residence in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Dec 5). He was 101.
Lear’s death was confirmed by his publicist, who announced that a private service for immediate family would be held in the coming days.
“Norman lived a life of curiosity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all,” Lear’s family said in a statement. “Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts. We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being.”
Lear's pioneering approach to television became apparent with the 1970s hit series “All in the Family,” featuring the Bunker family and their conservative, blue-collar patriarch, Archie Bunker. Despite his flaws, Archie showed moments of vulnerability that made him somehow likable.
The show bravely addressed topics like racism and social inequalities, breaking new ground in onscreen storytelling. This series spawned several more successful shows, including “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times.”
Throughout his career, Lear won numerous awards, including six Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. He was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors and inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.
Lear is survived by his third wife, Lyn, and his six children — Ellen, Kate, Maggie, Benjamin, Brianna, and Madeline — as well as four grandchildren.
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