‘Get Smart’ TV Producer Harry R. Sherman Dies at 87
June 18, 2015
Longtime producer Harry R. Sherman, best known for the TV series “Get Smart,” died on June 5. He was 87.
Sherman won Emmys three years in a row, beginning in 1976, for “Eleanor & Franklin,” “Eleanor & Franklin: The White House Years” and “The Gathering,” during a career in which he produced more than 50 miniseries, specials and movies-of-the week.
“Eleanor & Franklin” became the most-awarded miniseries ever, with 22 prizes, including a Peabody and Golden Globe.
Sherman started in the mailroom at the MCA agency and was discovered by Directors Guild of America’s Joseph C. Youngerman, who tapped him to assist in building the DGA. Sherman worked his way up the ladder as a member of the guild and began his producing career in the 1960s with comedy “Get Smart.”
Sherman is survived by his son, Greg Sherman; his daughter, Allyson Biskner; two grandchildren; and his brother.
SHERMAN, Harry R.
Born: 9/21/1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/5/2015, Lake Arrowhead, California, U.S.A.
Harry R. Sherman’s westerns – producer, production manager, assistant director:
Sierra Stranger – 1957 [assistant director]
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1958, 1959 [assistant director]
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958, 1959 [assistant director]
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) – 1958, 1959 [assistant director]
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1959 [assistant director]
Black Saddle (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
The Westerner (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 [production manager]
Stone Fox (TV) – 1987 [producer]