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Grant Tinker (1925 - 2016)

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Grant Tinker (1925 - 2016)

Grant Tinker, the former CEO of the National Broadcasting Co., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at his estate in California. He was 91.

Tinker served as chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986. He also was the co-founder of the television production company MTM Enterprises with his wife at the time, actress Mary Tyler Moore, who survives him.


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Tinker was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Stamford, Connecticut. The Dartmouth College graduate served during World War II in the Army Air Forces Reserve.

Tinker married Moore in 1962. After the couple had formed MTM Enterprises, Tinker hired TV writers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns to create and produce Moore's signature series, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." MTM also produced sitcoms including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" spinoff "Rhoda," "The Bob Newhart Show," and "WKRP in Cincinnati." MTM's drama TV series included "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere."

While the head of NBC, Tinker oversaw the creation of many of the network's hit shows including "Cheers," "Family Ties," "The Cosby Show," "The Golden Girls," and "Night Court."

In 1994, Tinker won a Peabody Award "for recognizing, protecting, and fostering creativity of the highest order."

In 1997, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

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