Dead Poets Society producer Paul Junger Witt dies at 77

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Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runsSridevi imitating her daughter Janhvi Kapoor in this old video will warm your heartJEE Main Results 2018 LIVE: Results declared, 2,31,024 qualify For JEE AdvancedPaul Junger Witt, the prolific TV and film producer behind Dead Poets Society, The Golden Girls, The Partridge Family and Soap, died Friday, a spokeswoman said. Witt and Harris married in 1983. Witt, who pushed for years to get the film made, said he hoped it would prompt thoughtful discussion of a hot-button issue. In a 2011 interview with The Associated Press, Witt said the story was inspired by a neighbor’s gardener, whose truck was stolen but who declined to report it out of fear of arrest and deportation. He produced big-screen films including Dead Poets Society, Three Kings, Insomnia and A Better Life. “I don’t care what someone feels about immigrants coming in (to the movie), but if they come out knowing they are dealing with people, they can still feel what they do politically — but know this is about people.”
Witt, a New York native, is survived by Harris and five children, Golum said on Friday. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App In 1975, Witt and Tony Thomas formed a production company that later expanded to include writer-producer Susan Harris, who created The Golden Girls, the hit 1985-92 series starring Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan. Witt prized A Better Life, about a single father living in the country illegally whose livelihood and freedom are put at risk by the theft of his truck. 2018-04-29T13:17:09+05:30″>
Updated: April 29, 2018 1:17:09 pm

Paul Junger Witt was 77. “If the film can be responsible for dialogue instead of screaming, then it’s a good thing,” Witt said. He worked at Columbia Pictures before joining comedian-actor Danny Thomas’ production company in 1973, where he and Thomas’ son, Tony, teamed up. Witt died at his Los Angeles-area home after battling cancer, spokeswoman Pam Golum said. Mexican film star Demian Bichir received an Oscar nomination for the role. Witt’s other credits include the TV series Benson, Empty Nest, Blossom and the TV movie Brian’s Song.