Norman Lear, a legendary television writer and producer, passed away at his home in Los Angeles. He was 101.
His family announced his passing on his official Instagram page. They wrote, “It is with profound sadness and love that we announce the passing of Norman Lear, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather.”
Lear passed away peacefully on December 5, 2023. He was surrounded by his family, who told stories and sang songs until the very end.
Lear lived a life full of awe for the world around him. He marveled at his morning coffee, the shape of the tree outside his window, and the sounds of beautiful music. But it was people, both new acquaintances and lifelong friends, who kept his mind and heart forever young.
As his family celebrates his legacy, they also reflect on life without him. They expressed their gratitude for the love and support they have received.
Lear was a four-time Emmy Award winner. He was known for the 1970s hit show “All in the Family”. The New Haven, Conn., native also produced the spinoffs “Maude” and “The Jeffersons”, “One Day at a Time”, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and the “Maude” offshoot “Good Times”.
Lear was nominated for an Academy Award for writing 1967’s “Divorce American Style”. He was a producer on Rob Reiner’s classics “Stand by Me” and “The Princess Bride”. He was among the first seven inductees into the Television Hall of Fame and was the subject of the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”.
In recent years, Lear was almost as prolific. He exec-produced a reimagining of “One Day at a Time” for Netflix/Pop TV. He also worked on ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” franchise of sitcom episode reenactments.
Reflecting on his vast career in a December 2021 interview with TVLine, Lear said he was always vested in “tackling the day’s problems — the problems of a family, of relationships, and political as well.” He said doing so across several series “came naturally,” because they were dealing with the problems that American families were facing every day around the country.
Lear was also a political activist and a TV icon. He founded the advocacy organization People For the American Way in 1981. For time and again tackling social issues in his series, he was given the National Medal of Arts in 1999.
“All in the Family” star Rob Reiner paid tribute to Lear on social media early Wednesday. He wrote, “I loved Norman with all my heart. He was my second father.”