Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Known as the creator of Archie Bunker and "All in the Family," Lear's television credits include "Sanford & Son"; "Maude"; "Good Times"; "The Jeffersons"; "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"; "Fernwood 2Nite" and the dramatic series "Palmerstown U.S.A." His motion picture credits include COLD TURKEY, DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, STAND BY ME, and THE PRINCESS BRIDE. In 1982, he produced the two-hour special "I Love Liberty" for ABC.
In 1999, President Clinton bestowed the National Medal of Arts on Mr. Lear, noting that "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it." He has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984). He received four Emmy Awards (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973) and a Peabody Award (1977) for "All in the Family," as well as awards from the International Platform Association (1977), the Writers Guild of America (1977) and many other professional and civic organizations.
Mr. Lear also has founded several nonprofit organizations including People For the American Way (1980-present); the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication (2000-present), a multidisciplinary research and public policy center dedicated to exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society; and the Business Enterprise Trust (1989-2000) to spotlight exemplary social innovations in American business.
In 2001, Mr. Lear created the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a four-year educational initiative and national multimedia tour of one of the surviving original copies of the Declaration, which he owns. As part of the project, he also launched Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan voter initiative that registered 1 million new young voters in the 2004 election.
Mr. Lear's business career began in 1959 with his co-founding of Tandem Productions, Inc. In 1974, he and his partners created T.A.T. Communications, later known as Embassy Communications. He is currently chairman of Act III Communications, a multimedia holding with interests in the recording, motion picture, broadcasting and publishing industries, including Concord Music Group and Village Roadshow Pictures Group.
Mr. Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and resides in Los Angeles, California. He has six children: Ellen, Kate, Maggie, Benjamin, Brianna and Madeline.