Lear, who was among the first TV pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984, is still hitting line-drives out of the park. The reimagining of his 1975 show One Day at a Time (with co-developers Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce) featuring a Cuban-American family was a hit on Netflix for three seasons before moving to Pop TV.
His Live in Front of a Studio Audience special broadcasts on ABC, co-produced with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, turned nostalgia on its head, and brought All in the Family, Good Times and The Jeffersons to new audiences. In a video (see below) that also features fellow Hollywood veterans George Takei, Marla Gibbs, Mimi Kennedy and comedian George Wallace, Lear noted that he’s the oldest person to win an Emmy, earning an award in 2020 for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) as executive producer of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times.’
Lear won the Carol Burnett Award at the 2021 Golden Globes for outstanding contributions to television. “I could not be more blessed,” he said in his acceptance remarks. “I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s life.”
His work and attitude about life demonstrate that age is only a number, and people can remain positive and productive in their lives as they grow older. We hope to encourage more depictions of older adults doing just that.
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