Saturday, May 30, 2009
RIP Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis, a producer of TV dramas in the 1950s, dies at 89.
Producer of TV dramas in the '50s
Richard Lewis, 89, a TV producer who brought to the small screen such
1950s series as "Wagon Train" and "M Squad," died Monday of
complications from melanoma at his home in Somers, N.Y., according to
his son Jeffrey.
As a producer and executive producer for Revue Productions and then
Universal Television, Lewis worked on "M Squad," a police drama
starring Lee Marvin that ran from 1957 to 1960, and "Wagon Train," a
western anthology featuring Ward Bond and John McIntire that aired
from 1957 to 1965.
He also produced the pilot episode of "Leave It to Beaver" in 1957 and
worked on such anthology TV series as "General Electric Theater," "Bob
Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" and "Studio 57."
Lewis was among a group of TV executives who testified in 1961 about
the depiction of violence on TV before a Senate subcommittee
investigating juvenile delinquency.
According to contemporary news reports, Lewis defended the Revue TV
programs and drew parallels with ancient Greek tragedies and
Shakespeare's plays, saying children "would sooner emulate the hero
who wins than the villain who loses."
Lewis was born in New York City on Jan. 2, 1920. After graduating from
Yale University in 1940, he got his start working on radio programs
before moving to television.
Born: 1/2/1920, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2009, Somers, New York, U.S.A.
Richard Lewis' westerns - producer:
Wagon Train (TV) - 1957, 1958
Whispering Smith (TV) - 1961