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Hal Kanter
Hal Kanter
Hal Kanter produced six AITF episodes, also writing two.
Personal Information
Born: December 18, 1918
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died November 6, 2011(2011-11-06) (aged 92)
Deathplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Writer, producer, director
Years active: 1954-2008
known for:
Producing / Writing many TV & film projects, namely, the NBC-TV series Julia
Screenriter for numerous Academy Awards broadcasts
Family Information
Series connection
Series involved with: All in the Family
with series:
Producer (6 episodes) / Writer (2 episodes)
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Hal Kanter (December 18, 1918 – November 6, 2011)[1] served as a producer for six episodes of All in the Family, and also wrote two, the first two episodes of Season 6, the opener "The Very Moving Day" and "Alone at Last" (episode #2).


Hal was a writer, producer and director, principally for comedy actors such as Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley (in Loving You and Blue Hawaii), for both feature films and television. Kanter helped Tennessee Williams turn the play by Williams into the film version of The Rose Tattoo. Since 1991, he was regularly credited as a writer for the Academy Awards broadcasts. Kanter was also the creator and executive producer of the television series Julia.

Kanter was famous for saying, "Radio is theater of the mind; TV is theater of the mindless."[2] Kanter's autobiography, So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business, was published in 1999 by McFarland & Company, Inc., of Jefferson, North Carolina. The book chronicles his early life, his struggles in Hollywood during his early years, and his eventual success in show business in general and as a comedy writer in particular.


Kanter died at his home in Encino, California, at the age of 92.


  1. Los Angeles Times
  2. Nachman, Gerald (1998). Raised on Radio, p. 41. Pantheon Books, New York, ISBN 037540287X.

Further reading[]

  • Young, Jordan R. (1999) The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio & TV's Golden Age. Beverly Hills: Past Times Publishing, ISBN 0-940410-37-0.

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