The mastermind behind such classic shows as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and "One Day at a Time" served in the Air Force, was honored by President Clinton and counts "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker among his famous friends. The producer sits down with THR for the Sept. 21 "Emmy Icons" cover story.
The legendary producer poses for The Hollywood Reporter magazine's exclusive photo shoot for the Sept. 21 cover story, "Emmy Icons."
Lear smiled for the camera in 1925.
Lear served in the Air Force in 1943 with the 463rd Bomb Group.
At the end of World War II, Lear created this fanciful résumé while stationed in Italy.
TV Hall of Fame
From left, the TV Academy’s inaugural Hall of Fame class from 1984: Milton Berle, Lear, the widow of Edward R. Murrow, David Sarnoff, Lucille Ball, William S. Paley and Paddy Chayefsky.
'Come Blow Your Horn'
With Frank Sinatra (left) and producer Bud Yorkin on the set of the 1963 Paramount film Come Blow Your Horn.
The 1974-79 comedy starred Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Ja’net Dubois, Ralph Carter and Janet Jackson. Its ratings peaked at a 25.8, making it the seventh-most-watched show on TV in its second season.
'All in the Family'
Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner starred in the 1971-79 comedy, which was the most-watched show on TV in its first season, earning a 34.0 rating.
'All in the Family'
Lear (center) with Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton on the set of All in the Family, three times an Emmy winner for best comedy series.
'One Day at a Time'
One Day at a Time ran from 1975-84. The comedy starred Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. and Mackenzie Phillips. Its earned its highest ratings in its second season with a 23.4 (eighth place).
'Sanford and Son'
The cast of the 1972-77 comedy included Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley and Whitman Mayo. Its best ratings came in its fourth season, with a 29.6 (second place).
The 1972-78 comedy starred Bea Arthur, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan, Bill Macy and Adrienne Barbeau. It hit a ratings high in its fourth season, coming in fourth place with a 25.0.
The Jeffersons, which aired from 1975-85, starred Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover. In its first season, it earned a 27.6, putting it in fourth place.
President Clinton adorned Lear with the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award in September 1999 at Constitution Hall in Washington.
"It’s one of the fun treats of this ride of ours that we’ve gotten to know Norman Lear. I can’t even believe I'm saying that,” says Matt Stone, who is co-creator and executive producer of South Park alongside Trey Parker.