Gino Grimaldi, Producer on TV's 'Emergency!' and 'Knight Rider,' Dies at 74

Courtesy of Nancy Grimaldi
Gino Grimaldi

He was based at Universal Studios for more than two decades.

Gino Grimaldi, who produced scores of episodes of the Universal Television action series Emergency! and Knight Rider, has died. He was 74.

Grimaldi, who was based at Universal for more than 20 years, died April 29 in Newport Beach, Calif., his wife Nancy told The Hollywood Reporter. They were married for 52 years.

Grimaldi started out at the studio as a film editor, working on episodic television and several Bob Hope specials.

He eventually produced 75 episodes of Emergency! — which featured Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as paramedics — from 1973-79 and then 70 installments of Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff and a talking Trans-Am, from 1983-86. Both series aired on NBC.

Grimaldi also produced several telefilms, including an adaptation of Of Mice and Men (1981) that starred Robert Blake and Randy Quaid.

In 1991, Grimaldi produced and edited Shanghai 1920, a motion picture for a Chinese company that was filmed entirely in Shanghai, with postproduction completed in Hong Kong.

Later, Grimaldi helped organize Project 51, a two-week, cross-country trip in 2000 that delivered Emergency! memorabilia to Washington to be inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

The cast and crew stopped at such cities as Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Baltimore along the way, selling hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs to earn money to finance the trip.

A native of Los Angeles, Grimaldi attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California and served in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter Angela, son-in-law Greg and grandson Pete.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Silverado Newport Mesa Associates Fund; Silverado Newport Mesa; 350 West Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.