TV Producer Robert Halmi, Sr. Dies At 90

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July 31, 2014 | 3:58am EST

Veteran TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr. has died, aged 90.
Halmi, Sr. passed away of a brain aneurysm at his New York City home on Wednesday.
He was a freedom fighter in his native Hungary and was once captured by the Nazis, jailed and sentenced to death. He managed to escape to the United States in 1951, and began his career as a photographer for major magazines including Life, Sports Illustrated, True and Outdoor Life.
Halmi, Sr. founded his production company, RHI Entertainment in 1979, and went on to produce more than 200 TV shows, including hit 1990s miniseries Gulliver’s Travels, starring Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen, The Odyssey with Armand Assante, Merlin, and The 10th Kingdom.
Although he only has one Emmy Award to his name for Outstanding Miniseries for Gulliver’s Travels, the combined total of wins for all his projects comes to an impressive 136 Emmys and 480 nominations.
He was honored with a Peabody Award for his body of work in 1998.

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