Former NBC CEO Grant Tinker has died. He passed away in his home on Monday at the age of 90, the Associated Press confirmed.
The former NBC boss brought about some of the most iconic television series of all time and worked closely with MTM Enterprises, which was created by his then-wife Mary Tyler Moore. During his tenure, NBC produced hits that include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhonda, St. Elsewhere, The Bob Newhart Show, and Hill Street Blues.
Tinker became chairman of the network in 1981 and ushered in hits like The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, and Cheers.
“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, said in a statement. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance.”
“His level of class set him apart from everyone else in our business, and all of us at this company owe him a debt of gratitude. In fact, TV watchers everywhere do,” Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, told AP.
“My father set the bar high both as a television executive and a father,” Tinker’s son, Mark Tinker, an executive producer on NBC’s Chicago P.D.,” said in a statement. “I never heard anyone speak of him with anything other than respect and admiration. I’m proud to be his son and especially proud of the legacy he leaves behind in business and as a gentleman.”
Tinker’s accomplishments did not go unnoticed. He received a personal Peabody Award in 2004 “for recognizing, protecting, and fostering creativity of the highest order.” He also earned a TCA Career Achievement Award in 1985, and a 1991 Norman Lear Achievement Award for Television from the Producers Guild for his incredible contributions to the television medium.
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Tinker is survived by his sons, Mark and John.