Born on 27 July 1922, Norman Lear continues to spread smiles at the golden age of 95. The gifted writer, revolutionary veteran and amazing producer has also reinforced radical principles all throughout his career in whatever field he has dabbled with. He has seen it all and therefore, is exceptional at whatever he does. Here’s a quick summary of Norman Lear’s Net Worth in 2018.
Norman Lear was born to Jeanette and Herman Lear in New Haven, Connecticut. His younger sister, Claire Lear Brown grew up with him in the same Jewish home. He had a relatively disturbed childhood, as his father went to jail when he was only nine. Norman Lear has openly expressed his disgust regarding his father, and it is reported that the character of Archie Bunker was inspired by his father. His mother too was a lady full of herself which caused more trouble to Norman’s psyche. He did his schooling from Weaver High School, Hartford, Connecticut.
Later on, he attended Emerson College in Boston, but left it to join the United States Army Air Forces where he worked as a gunner and radio operator throughout World War 2. He was presented with the ‘Air Medal’ along with four oak leaf clusters for his incredible military accomplishment of flying 52 combat missions into the Mediterranean Theatre. After Norman Lear left the Air Force in 1954, he switched to a career in Public Relations.
A career in Public Relations wasn’t a fresh choice for Norman Lear. He had seen his Uncle flourish as a press agent for quite some time and so, decided to go with it. When all was done, Norman decided to write comedies. He wrote “The Ford Star Review” in collaboration with Ed Simmons. After the success of the comedy, the very famous comedian Jerry Lewis hired the duo to work for the “Colgate Comedy Hour.” To add to his various talents, Norman Lear took up producing as a career alongside writing.
He started a co-production named ‘Tandem Productions’ with Bud Yorkin. The duo produced many films with Norman Lear penning the scripts for some. For reasons best known to them, the duo- Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin split in 1975. Meanwhile, in 1974 Norman Lear collaborated with Jerry Perenchio towards a new organization named- ‘TAT Communications.’ Not only did TAT reach the peak of success, but it also managed to produce an award-winning film-“The Wave.”
During the 1980s, Norman Lear left the world of television and founded “People for the American Way.” Following this, he established the “Norman Lear Centre” at USC, in 2000. In a nutshell, one can say that Norman Lear worked closely towards political activism after bidding adieu to television. However, in the 1990s Norman Lear tried to make a comeback to television, but none of his series made a mark. In the last attempt, he produced a Kids’ WB Cartoon series along with Jim George titled: “Channel Umptee-3”. It went on for a season, but failed to gain favorable ratings.
With a few appearances here and there, Norman Lear continued to work on some issue or the other. The latest of his works include working as an executive producer for the reboot of his old show- “One Day at a Time” that premiered on Netflix in 2017.
Awards and Achievements
Norman Lear has bagged a number of awards during his oddly extensive career, which includes:
• Four Emmy Awards: two in 1971, and one each in 1972 and 1973
• Peabody Award: in 1978
• Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association: in 1977
• National Medal of Arts: in 1999
• Women in Film Lucy Award: in 1999
• Fourth Annual Woody Guthrie Prize: in 2017
• Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at Kennedy Centre Honors: in 2017
Net Worth of Norman Lear
Norman Lear’s current Net Worth is $53 million. Being a master of many fields and working consistently for quite a long time, Norman Lear has no doubt raised his stakes all throughout.
Norman Lear has successfully bagged the title of a ‘Man of many talents”. He has come a long way in life having started his career as a radio operator and now being awarded the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for his contributions towards the field of entertainment.