(born February 22, 1926) is an American
film and television producer, director, writer and actor.
Yorkin was born Alan David Yorkin
in Washington, Pennsylvania
. He earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech
, now Carnegie Mellon University
. In 1956, he became the producer and director of Tennessee Ernie Ford
program, The Ford Show
.Alex McNeil, Total Television
, pp. 824-825 In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear
to form Tandem Productions
, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists
and Warner Bros.
Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special An Evening With Fred Astaire,
which won nine Emmy Awards
. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the '70s, such as All in the Family
, Good Times
, and Sanford and Son
In 1999, he and Lear
were awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award
in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful Sanford and Son
spin-off sitcom Grady
. In 1976, he formed TOY Productions
with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son
from 1974–1977), but their two hits were What's Happening!!