Norman Francis Felton (April 29, 1913 – June 25, 2012) was a British-born American television producer, known for his involvement in shows such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare, both on NBC.
Felton was born in London, the son of John Felton, a lithographer, and Gertrude Anne Felton, a cleaning lady. He left school at 13 to go to work. In 1929 the family immigrated to the US, where they settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Felton left his job as a truck driver to attend The University of Iowa where he received a bachelor's degree in 1940 and a master's in 1941. In 1940 he married Aline Stotts and had three children: Julie Anne, born in 1948, John Christopher, born in 1953, and Aline Elizabeth, born in 1957. Aline, her husband David Berkley, and their nine-month-old daughter, Jessicca, were murdered December 18, 1982 in Detroit near Wayne State Medical Center where David was a medical student. http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0265
Felton started out directing community theatre before becoming a producer-director of radio programs, such as Curtain Time for NBC in Chicago. In 1949, he directed the three-week run of These Are My Children for NBC, which is considered the first daily daytime soap opera. In 1950 he moved to New York to direct live television shows. In 1952 he won an Emmy award for Robert Montgomery Presents.
It was Felton who approached James Bond creator Ian Fleming to collaborate in the development of U.N.C.L.E. When contractual obligations forced Fleming to pull out, Felton brought in Sam Rolfe to replace him. In 1965, he received a Golden Globe Award for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and 1966 he received an Emmy Award nomination for the same show.
In 1975, he produced the made-for-television film Babe (for which he received another Emmy nomination) and in 1979, And Your Name Is Jonah. He also produced Hawkins, a drama featuring James Stewart as a defense lawyer, and the prime-time soap, Executive Suite.
In 1997 he was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Producers Guild of America.
Norman Felton awards
Norman Felton lent his name to multiple awards:
- Best of Luck: The Education of Norman Felton in Books at Iowa 1985, no. 43, pp. 3-14.
- "Producer Norman Felton Dies at 99". Variety. July 4, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2. P. 151.
- "The Man From Uncle producer Norman Felton dies at 99". BBC News. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
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