Richard Rosenbloom, Executive Producer of 'Cagney & Lacey,' Dies at 91

Richard Rosenbloom

He also held executive posts at MGM, Four Star Television, Filmways and Orion.

Richard Rosenbloom, a three-time Emmy Award nominee, television executive and producer of such series as Cagney & Lacey, has died. He was 91.

Rosenbloom died March 28 at a retirement community in Palo Alto, Calif, his son Robert announced.

Rosenbloom shared an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series in 1983 for his work on the acclaimed CBS cop show Cagney & Lacey. He earned another nom for executive producing (with Tina Sinatra) the 1992 CBS miniseries Sinatra, starring Philip Casnoff as the Chairman of the Board.

Rosenbloom joined CBS in New York during the era of live TV before moving to Southern California in 1960. He worked as an executive at MGM, Four Star Television, Filmways and Orion Pictures and as an independent producer and exec producer. He retired in 1994 as president of Orion Television.

Rosenbloom also executive produced Scarlett, a 1994 CBS miniseries that starred Timothy Dalton as Rhett Butler and Joanne Whalley as Scarlett O’Hara, and the 1973 CBS telefilm Applause (1973), toplined by Lauren Bacall and Larry Hagman.

Born in Far Rockaway, New York, Rosenbloom graduated from the University of Michigan and continued his education at the New School for Social Research in New York and at the Ecole Technique du Cinema in Paris. He served as a naval aviator and aerial navigator during World War II.

In addition to his son Robert (and his wife Fina), survivors include another son, Steven (and his wife Natasha), and grandchildren Ryan and Uliana. Rosenbloom’s wife of 57 years, Jean, died in 2008.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. on May 1 at the Vi retirement community in Palo Alto. A contribution may be made to the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary.

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