Burt Sugarman

Burton Roy Sugarman (born January 4, 1939) is an American film and television producer[1] best known for creating and producing the iconic 1970s/early '80s showcase for rock-n-roll groups The Midnight Special.

Burt Sugarman
Burton Roy Sugarman

(1939-01-04) January 4, 1939
Occupationfilm and television producer, businessman- founder of Burt Sugarman Productions, part company owner of Barris Industries
Pauline Schur
(m. 1957; div. 1961)

Carol Wayne
(m. 1975; div. 1980)

Mary Hart
(m. 1989)

Sugarman also produced the 1970s game show Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Richard Pryor Show, Whew! and The Wizard of Odds. During 1979, Sugarman also owned shares in Old Tucson Corporation, which owned the Old Tucson and Old Vegas amusement parks in Arizona and Nevada.[2][3][4]

In the 1980s, he produced the motion pictures Kiss Me Goodbye, Extremities and Children of a Lesser God. He was the executive producer of the film Crimes of the Heart in 1986 and television series The Newlywed Game 1988. He was also part owner of Barris Industries (later known as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company) before it was sold to Sony in 1989.

Personal life

Sugarman married television personality and talk show host Mary Hart in 1989; they have one son.[5] He had previously been married to Pauline Schur and to the late actress Carol Wayne, and was engaged to actress Ann-Margret in 1962.

Producer (as EP)

Year Title
1969Dionne Warwick -Souled Out (TV Special)
1970The Switched On Symphony (TV Special)
1970Changing Scene (TV Special)
1970Changing Scene II (TV Special)
1971Changing Scene III (TV Special)
1971Changing Scene IV (TV Special)
1971Stand Up and Cheer (TV series) (EP-2 Episodes)
1971The Manipulator
1972The Jud Strunk Show (TV movie)
1973The Wizard of Odds (TV series)
1973The Midnight Special (producer-host)
1974Celebrity Sweepstakes (TV series)
1977The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special)
1977The Richard Pryor Show (TV series)
1977Billboard No.1 Music Awards (TV series)
1979-1980Whew! (TV series) 3 episodes
1982Kiss Me Goodbye
1986Children of a Lesser God
1986Crimes of the Heart (EP)
1988The Newlywed Game (TV series)
1990Mary Hart Presents Love in the Public Eye (TV Special)


Year Title
1974Rock Concert (TV series)
1983The Last Fight
1988The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
2008-2010Entertainment Tonight (TV series)


  1. Los Angeles Times
  2. "Old Vegas Park Sale Planned". Henderson Home News. February 8, 1979. p. 23. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. Stafford, Mary (March 20, 1979). "Old Vegas to reopen in April as Westworld". Henderson Home News. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. "Sugarman Sells Interest In Westworld". Henderson Home News. September 25, 1979. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  5. Los Angeles Times

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