Los Angeles — Bud Yorkin, a writer and producer who helped forge a new brand of satirical TV comedy with the 1970s hit “All in the Family,” has died, a family spokesman said Tuesday. He was 89.
Yorkin died Tuesday at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles of natural causes, spokesman Jeff Sanderson said.
Yorkin, who started as a writer and director in the early days of TV, made his biggest mark after joining producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions.
After “All in the Family” became an unexpected hit with its unvarnished take on race and other social issues, they followed up with a string of hits: “The Jeffersons,” ‘’Sanford and Son” and “Maude.”
In a statement, Lear recalled starting his partnership with Yorkin in 1959, the year Yorkin produced and directed a show with Fred Astaire that won multiple Emmy Awards.
“We then became partners. His was the horse we rode in on and I couldn’t love or appreciate him more,” Lear said.
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