Legendary Comedy Pioneer Norman Lear, Creator of ‘All in the Family,’ Passes Away at 101

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Norman Lear, the influential writer, producer, and developer credited with revolutionizing American comedy through iconic early-‘70s sitcoms like “All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son,” passed away on Tuesday at the age of 101. His publicist confirmed to Variety that Lear died at his Los Angeles home from natural causes. A private service for immediate family is planned for the coming days.

In a heartfelt statement, Lear’s family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support, recognizing Lear’s roles as a husband, father, and grandfather. Describing Lear’s life as one marked by creativity, tenacity, and empathy, the family emphasized his deep love for the country and his lifelong dedication to upholding its founding principles of justice and equality. They requested understanding as they privately mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual.

Norman Lear, legendary TV producer, dies at 101

Prior to making waves in television with groundbreaking sitcoms, Lear had already established himself as a leading comedy writer, earning a 1968 Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Divorce American Style.” His creative brilliance led him to conceive a new sitcom, inspired by a popular British show, centered around a conservative, outspokenly bigoted working-class man and his tumultuous Queens family. The outcome was “All in the Family,” an immediate hit that resonated seemingly across all political spectrums.