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Aaron Spelling

Mostly Credited As: Aaron Spelling
Sometimes Credited As: Jerry Lane
Aaron F. Spelling

Birth Name: Aaron F Spelling
Date Of Birth: April 22, 1923 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas
Date Of Death: June 23, 2006
Cause Of Death: Stroke (Los Angeles, California)

Aaron Spelling


Aaron Spelling is an American film and television producer. Spelling grew up in a small frame house on Browder Street in Dallas "on the wrong side of the tracks," he wrote in his 1996 autobiography. He was the fourth son of immigrant Jews, his father from Poland, mother from Russia. The father's name, Spurling, was simplified to Spelling by an Ellis Island official. During the 1970s and 1980s, Spelling provided series and movies exclusively for ABC and is credited for the network's rise to major status. Jokesters referred to it as "The Aaron Broadcasting Company." 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. After a year's respite, he returned with "Beverly Hills 90210," which helped launch the fledgling Fox Network into the bigtime. "Melrose Place" gave Fox another hit. Spelling died at his home in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on June 18.

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TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Heather Locklear 09x04: (Jun/27/2004) As Himself 
  Kristy McNichol 03x11: (Mar/21/1999) As Himself 

TV Revolution (2004) 
  Maids, Babes & Mothers 01x02: (May/23/2004) As Himself 
  Out of the Closet 01x01: (May/23/2004) As Himself 

Intimate Portrait (1993) 
  Emma Samms 08x06: (Jan/01/2002) As Himself 

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) 
  The Final Goodbye (May/10/2000) As Himself 
  You Gotta Have Heart 05x20: (Feb/08/1995) As Himself 

Sunset Beach (1997) 
  Episode 259 02x14: (Jan/21/1998) As Vincent Duke 
  Episode 258 02x13: (Jan/20/1998) As Vincent Duke 

Biography (1987) 
  Carolyn Jones: Morticia and More 10x02: (Apr/28/1996) As Himself 

Melrose Place (1992) (1992) 
  Love Thy Neighbor: The Baddest and the Best of Melrose Place (Jan/09/1995) As Himself 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Julian Buck? 01x05: (Oct/18/1963) As Harry Penn 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  The Story of Joey Diamond 03x07: (Oct/31/1956) As Max 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  The Guitar 01x35: (Jul/21/1956) As Weed Pindle 

The Crusader (1955) 
  The Camp 01x38: (Jun/29/1956) As Andrew Hocko 
  The Sharks 01x15: (Jan/20/1956) As guest star 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  The Rarest Stamp 02x28: (Mar/10/1956) As Robber 
  Nailed Down 02x05: (Oct/01/1955) As Olaf 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Breakdown 01x07: (Nov/13/1955) As Road Worker 

Dragnet (1951) (1951) 
  The Big Confession 05x05: (Sep/29/1955) As Bruce Marcus 
  The Big Bindle 04x16: (Dec/09/1954) As guest star 
  The Big New Years 04x12: (Nov/11/1954) As Bigs Donaldson 
  The Big Pug 03x33: (Apr/15/1954) As Charlie Coleman 

The Man Behind The Badge (1953) 
  The Case of the Hunted Hobo 02x33: (Aug/20/1955) As Billy 

The Lone Wolf (1954) 
  The Robbery Story 01x19: (Unknown) As Loran 

I Led Three Lives (1953) 
  Baited Trap 01x04: (Unknown) As Elevator Operator 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The Colbys (1985)• Executive Producer
Burke's Law (1994) (1994)• Executive Producer
Life with Lucy (1986)• Executive Producer
Savannah (1996)• Executive Producer
Strike Force (1981) (1981)• Executive Producer
Chopper One (1974)• Executive Producer
HeartBeat (US) (1988)• Executive Producer
7th Heaven (1996)• Executive Producer (1996-2006)
All Souls (2001)• Executive Producer
Aloha Paradise (1981)• Executive Producer
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)• Executive Producer (1995-2000)
Burke's Law (1963) (1963)• Producer
Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976)• Executive Producer
• Producer
Charmed (1998)• Executive Producer
Clubhouse (2004)• Executive Producer
Dynasty (US) (1981)• Executive Producer
Fantasy Island (1977) (1978)• Executive Producer
Finder of Lost Loves (1984)• Executive Producer
Hart to Hart (1979)• Executive Producer
Honey West (1965)• Executive Producer
Hotel (1983)• Executive Producer
Johnny Ringo (1959)• Creator
• Producer
Kindred: The Embraced (1996)• Executive Producer
Kingpin (2003)• Executive Producer
MacGruder and Loud (1985)• Executive Producer
Malibu Shores (1996)• Executive Producer
Matt Houston (1982)• Executive Producer
Melrose Place (1992) (1992)• Executive Producer
Models Inc. (1994)• Executive Producer
Nightingales (US) (1989)• Executive Producer
Pacific Palisades (1997)• Executive Producer
S.W.A.T. (1975)• Executive Producer
Starsky & Hutch (1975)• Executive Producer
Summerland (2004)• Executive Producer
Sunset Beach (1997)• Executive Producer (1997-1999)
T.J. Hooker (1982)• Executive Producer
The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)• Producer
• Creator
The Heights (1992)• Executive Producer
The Love Boat (1977)• Executive Producer
The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998)• Executive Producer
The Mod Squad (1968)• Executive Producer
The New People (1969)• Creator
• Executive Producer
The Rookies (1972)• Executive Producer
The San Pedro Beach Bums (1977)• Executive Producer
The Smothers Brothers Show (1965) (1965)• Executive Producer
• Creator
The Young Rebels (1970)• Executive Producer
Titans (2000)• Executive Producer
Vega$ (1978)• Executive Producer
Wanted (US) (2005)• Executive Producer
Zane Grey Theatre (1956)• Producer (1961-1963)
10-8 (2003)• Executive Producer
Glitter (1984)• Executive Producer
Firehouse (1974)• Executive Producer
B.A.D Cats (1980)• Executive Producer
The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Friends (1979) (1979)• Executive Producer
Hollywood Beat (1985)• Executive Producer
Family (1976)• Executive Producer
The Most Deadly Game (1970)• Executive Producer
At Ease (1983)• Executive Producer
Rango (1967)• Producer
Hollywood Wives (1985)• Executive Producer
The Power Within (1979)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Robin's Hoods (1994) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Pilot 01x01 Unknown/Unaired As: Story
Starsky & Hutch (1975) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Starsky and Hutch 01x?? Apr/30/1975 As: Writer
The Rookies (1972) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Blue Christmas 03x13 Dec/16/1974 As: Writer
The Dick Powell Show (1961) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
View from the Eiffel Tower 01x24 Mar/13/1962 As: Writer
A Time To Die 01x16 Jan/09/1962 As: Writer
Death In A Village 01x15 Jan/02/1962 As: Writer
Zane Grey Theatre (1956) (Credited in 22 episodes from this show) 
 
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A Warm Day in Heaven 05x23 Mar/23/1961 As: Story
The Silent Sentry 05x19 Feb/16/1961 As: Writer
Mission 04x07 Nov/12/1959 As: Writer
Man Alone 03x22 Mar/05/1959 As: Writer
A Thread of Respect 03x19 Feb/12/1959 As: Writer
Dante (1960) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Opening Night 01x02 Oct/10/1960 As: Writer
One for the Birds 01x01 Oct/03/1960 As: Writer
Johnny Ringo (1959) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Reno Brothers 01x21 Feb/25/1960 As: Story
The Arrival 01x01 Oct/01/1959 As: Writer
Wagon Train (1957) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
The Conchita Vasquez Story 02x24 Mar/18/1959 As: Director, Story
The Cliff Grundy Story 01x15 Dec/25/1957 As: Teleplay
The Julia Gage Story 01x14 Dec/18/1957 As: Teleplay
The Charles Avery Story 01x09 Nov/13/1957 As: Writer
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Night the Phone Rang 01x10 Dec/15/1958 As: Writer
Playhouse 90 (1956) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Last Man 02x18 Jan/09/1958 As: Writer
The Jane Wyman Show (1955) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Twenty Dollar Bride 02x17 Jan/08/1957 As: Writer
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Trivia

Father of Randy and Tori Spelling

Was a cheerleader at Southern Methodist University.

Served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He and his second wife, Candy, bought Bing Crosby's house in L.A.'s Holmby Hills and knocked it down to build a 123-room estate.

Earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1999, was awarded the Guinness World Record for Most Prolific TV Drama Producer, mounting 3,842 hours of television since 1956.

His first wife was Carolyn Jones.

His parents are David and Pearl Spelling.

Nominated for 7 Emmys, and won 2.

Has produced over 200 shows and movies.

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