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October 18, 2009

Producer Harvey Frand Passes

Battestar Galatica Emmy nominee.

Harvey Frand, Emmy-winning producer of Battlestar Galactica, died July 23, 2009, in Los Angeles after a brief hospitalization for respiratory problems. He was 68.

Frand began his TV producing career in 1985 with The Devlin Connection, Rock Hudson’s final series. He went on to produce the 1985-87 version of The Twilight Zone as well as Beauty and the Beast, The Young Riders, Lazarus Man with Robert Urich, Pretender and Strange World. For his work on Battlestar Galactica, he won an AFI Award, the 2005 Peabody Award and a 2008 Emmy and is currently nominated for a second Emmy Award.

Born in Philadelphia, Frand studied political science at the University of Pittsburgh. After working with Students for Kennedy in college, he started out at NBC news. As an executive for Warner Brothers he oversaw production on the 1973 David Janssen series, Harry O.

In addition to his work in series television, he produced more than 20 pilots and movies of the week. He also produced the 1974-75 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth starring Christopher Walken and Irene Worth.

Frand is survived by his partner of 32 years, Bill Bowersock.

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