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Director/Writer Hal Kanter has died at 92


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Director and writer Hal Kanter, most famous as a writer for the Academy Awards, Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope, movies such as Move Over Darling and Pocketful of Miracles, The Rose Tattoo, and director of Julia with Dihann Carroll has died at 92. Kanter also wrote portions of Lucy Moves to NBC:


From the L.A. Times:


Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, and a director and producer whose career included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directing Elvis Presley and creating a landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92.


Kanter, who for decades was a writer for the annual Oscar telecast, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at Encino Hospital, said his daughter, Donna Kanter.


"What a dear man," longtime friend Carl Reiner said Monday after learning of Kanter's death.


"He was considered one of the wits of the industry; there's no question about it," said Reiner, noting that Kanter was master of ceremonies for the Directors Guild of America's awards dinner for many years. "Any time he was called upon, he always could make the audience laugh.


"He was a funny elder statesman, and there's nothing better than having a witty elder statesman."


MORE AT THE SOURCE: http://theenvelope.latimes.com/news/la-me-hal-kanter-20111108,0,5700175.story

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