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Hal Kanter

Hal Kanter, American television and film writer, producer, director. Recipient citation City of Hope, Savannah, Jewish War Vets, Beverly Hills Bar, National Council Aging, Variety International, Armed Forces Radio and television Service, Boy Scouts American; contributor to 28 Academy awards.


  • Kanter, Hal was born on December 18, 1918 in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Son of Albert Lewis and Rose (Ehrenreich) Kanter.

  • Education

    • Student public schools, Savannah, Miami, Florida, Long Beach, New York.


    • Writer-director Hal Wallis Productions. Writer Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. Lecturer University of California at Los Angeles Extension.

      Also public speaker.


    • Newspaper writer, cartoonist. Writer for radio, television and films. Writer, director, producer for television and films.

      Writer, creative consultant. Writer, director, producer (television specialists) for Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, many others. Writer, producer Walt Disney Productions, 20th Century Fox, Universal, NBC, Columbia Broadcasting System, ABC, others, (Recipient Emmy award 1954, 91, 92).

      Author: Snake in the Glass, 1971. Developer, writer, producer (television show) You Can't Take It With You, 1987-1989. Creator, director (stage production) Laughing Matters, 1994.

      Contributor articles, cartoons, columns, essays and criticisms to various publications.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Judaism


    Board directors Friends of University Southern California Libraries With Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member Writers Guild American-West (citation, Valentine Davies award, Paddy Chayevsky Laurel award), Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (board governors), Writers Guild Foundation, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild American, Producers Guild American (citation), Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (citation), Publicists Guild American (citation). Clubs: Friars, Masquers, Guardians.


    • Married Doris Prouder, September 5, 1941. Children: Lisa Kanter Shafer, Donna, Abigail Kanter Jaye.
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    Born December 18, 1918