AARON SPELLING

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling, a onetime movie bit player who created a massive number of hit series, from the vintage "Charlie’s Angels" and "Dynasty" to "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place," died Friday, his publicist said. He was 83.

Spelling died at his mansion in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on June 18, according to publicist Kevin Sasaki.

Spelling’s other hit series included "Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Burke’s Law," "The Mod Squad," "Starsky and Hutch," "T.J. Hooker," "Matt Houston," "Hart to Hart" and "Hotel." He kept his hand in 21st-century TV with series including "7th Heaven" and "Summerland."

He also produced more than 140 television movies. Among the most notable: "Death Sentence" (1974), Nick Nolte’s first starring role; "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (1976), John Travolta’s first dramatic role; and "The Best Little Girl in the World" (1981), which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh. 

Spelling set a record of producing more than 3,000 TV episodes. Besides the TV movies, he produced 10 theatrical films including "California Split," "Mr. Mom." "’night, Mother," "Loose Cannons" and "Soapdish."

AARON SPELLING

R.I.P

Posted on June 24, 2006, in In Memoriam and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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