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William Froug

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Froug, William
May 26, 1922 - Aug. 25, 2013
After a successful and, what he deemed, very lucky life, Emmy winning writer-producer William "Bill" Froug, 91, died in Sarasota, Florida on August 25, 2013.
Born in New York City on May 26, 1922, he was raised by his adoptive parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, graduating from Little Rock Senior High School in 1939 and the University of Missouri's renowned School of Journalism in 1943. After graduation, Bill was selected for the Navy's V7 Officer Training Program. A "90 Day Wonder", Froug served as an officer aboard a Subchaser in the Pacific during WWII. He was given command of his own ship, the PC-800, in 1945. After his Honorable Discharge, he sold his first novella to "True Detective Magazine" in 1946. He moved into radio writing, producing and directing and was Vice President, Programs, CBS Radio Hollywood by 1956. Among his fine Radio work, Bill produced, directed and adapted for CBS Radio, "Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" consistently heralded as one of the greatest radio programs of the 20th century. Transitioning into television, he won both an Emmy and the Screen Producers Guild awards in 1958 for the brilliant Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre production of "Eddie". As a Hollywood hyphenate, Bill went on to write and/or produce for such iconic television series as, "Playhouse 90", "Adventures in Paradise", "Twilight Zone", "Bewitched", and "Gilligan's Island". He was nominated for another Emmy for his work on "Bewitched", became Executive Producer in Charge of Drama for CBS, and lectured at USC's Film School before moving to UCLA as an Adjunct Professor. Teaching and mentoring were Bill's passions. Becoming a Full Professor at UCLA's School of Theater Arts, Film and Television, revamping its screenwriting program as Department Chair and elevating it to one of the best in the nation were tremendously rewarding for him. Bill retired in 1987 and delighted in being known as a Professor Emeritus. He was nominated an additional 3 times for the Producer of the Year award by the Producer's Guild of America for "Mr. Novak", "Playhouse 90" and "Twilight Zone". In 1987, he was the recipient of the prestigious Valentine Davies Award from the Writer's Guild of America, West. A social and political activist, Froug served on the Boards of the Writer's and Producer's Guild's for many years and was a founding member of "The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors" which he chaired and co-chaired as well. As an author, Bill's screenwriting books became must-reads in film schools around the world and among those in the industry. Bill's "Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade" is described as "one of the best screenwriting books I've ever read." by the author of "The Ultimate Writer's Guide To Hollywood". Roger Ebert, a close friend, once said of Bill, "He is not merely as sharp as a tack; he is the standard by which they sharpen tacks." In 2011, the Archive of American Television selected Bill as one of the Emmy Legends of Television. His many contributions and accomplishments in radio, television, and film, in addition to his success as an author and educator, confirm his stature as a multi-talented and creative presence whose influence was widely felt. Known for his quick wit, humor, and as a raconteur par excellence, Bill's charismatic personality drew people to him. All who knew him will sorely miss him. He leaves behind his adored four children, Suzy Allegra, Nancy Earth, Lisa Froug-Hirano and Jonathan Froug, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, Christine Michaels for some great years, a large circle of friends and thousands of fans and admirers. He expresses his deep gratitude to his wonderful assistant Pamela Jordan, the caring staff at Waterside Retirement Estates and his Liar's Poker buddies who provided him decades of joy. "This Too Shall Pass"


Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2013
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