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Bud Yorkin

Bud Yorkin
Born Alan David Yorkin
(1926-02-22) February 22, 1926 (age 94)
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Director, producer, writer, actor.
Years active 1952–2007
Spouse(s) Cynthia Sikes (1989-present)

Bud Yorkin (born February 22, 1926) is an American film and television producer, director, writer and actor.


Yorkin was born Alan David Yorkin in the Pittsburgh area city of Washington, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


In 1954, Yorkin became the producer of NBC's The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program which preceded the nightly news on Monday evenings. In 1956, he became the producer and director of Tennessee Ernie Ford's NBC half-hour comedy/variety program, The Ford Show.[1]

In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios like United Artists and Warner Bros.

Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special An Evening With Fred Astaire, which won nine Emmy Awards. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the '70s, such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and Sanford and Son.

After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful Sanford and Son spin-off sitcom Grady. In 1976, he formed TOY Productions with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son from 1974–1977), but their two hits were What's Happening!! and Carter Country. TOY Productions was acquired by Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.[2]

In 1999, he and Lear were awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.[3] In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.[4]

Yorkin's film directing credits include The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Divorce American Style and Inspector Clouseau (film) of the Pink Panther series.

Personal life

Yorkin is the father of television writer and producer Nicole Yorkin. He is married to actress Cynthia Sikes.


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, pp. 824-825
  2. ^ "New TOY". Broadcasting: p. 39. 1979-02-19. 
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  4. ^ "Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List". 

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