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Herb Sargent Edit Profile

writer , television producer

Herb Sargent, American writer, television producer. Recipient 6 Emmy awards, 6 Writers Guild awards. Writer People for the American Way, 1970-2005. Sergeant United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1946. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (board governors), Writers Guild American East (council member 1985-1991, president 1991-2005), Dramatists Guild, Songwriters Guild American.

Background

Sargent, Herb was born on July 15, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Education

Student, Pennsylvania State University, 1941—1943. Student, University California, Los Angeles, 1946—1948.

Career

During his tenure at Saturday Night Live, he and Chevy Chase created Weekend Update, the longest-running sketch in the show's history, and one of the longest running sketches on television. He was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1923. Raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, he studied architecture at Penn State University before serving with the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He moved to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA.\r\n Sargent then moved to New York City and began his career in radio.

He later helped develop television specials for Petula Clark, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Alan King, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Lily Tomlin, Paul McCartney, Anne Bancroft, and Burt Bacharach. He was also President of the Writers Guild of America, East. He died from a heart attack following surgery on May 6, 2005.

Achievements

  • He was the older brother of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent. Sargent won six Emmy Awards and six Writers Guild of America Awards.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Writer (television series) Broadway Open House-NBC, 1950-1951, Colgate Comedy Hour (Fred Allen)-NBC, 1951-1952, Victor Borge Show-NBC, 1953, Tonight Show (Steve Allen)-NBC, 1954-1958, Steve Allen Sunday Show-NBC, 1958-1961, Tonight Show (Johnny Carson)-NBC, 1962-1963, The Perry Como Show-NBC, 1963-1964, That Was the Week That Was-NBC, 1964-1965, The Corner Bar-ABC, 1972-1973, Ivan the Terrible-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1976, The News is the News-NBC, 1983, (television specialists) The Steve Allen Show with Peter Ustinov, Louis Armstrong and Van Cliburn-NBC, 1959, Music from Shubert Alley-NBC, 1959, Bing Crosby Special-ABC, 1961, Milton Berle Special-NBC, 1962, 9 Perry Como Staples-NBC, 1963-1964, Annie: The Women in the Life of a Man-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1970, 3 Burt Bachrach Staples, 1970-1971, (Sammy Davis Special) Sammy, 1972, (Paul McCartney special) James Paul McCartney, 1973, Lily-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1973, The Best of Saturday Night Live-NBC, 1979, The 40th Annual Emmy Awards-Fox, 1988, Diet America Challenge-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1989, Time Warner Presents: The Earth Day Special-ABC, 1990, The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation-Fox, 1991, Saturday Night Live: All the Best of the Mother's Day-NBC, 1992, The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special-NBC, 1993. Writer, script consultant Saturday Night Live-NBC, 1975-1995, NBC 75th Anniversary, 2002. Producer (television series) That Was the Week That Was-NBC, 1964-1965, The News is the News, 1983, (television specialists) The Wonderful World of Aggravation, 1972, Alan King Looks Back in Anger-A Review of 1972, 73, Lily-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1973, The George Segal Show, 1974, Happy Endings, 1975, Love, Life, Liberty, and Lunch, 1976, (radio) National Public Radio's Backfire!, 1992-2005, (screenplay) Bye Bye Braverman, 1968.

      Co-creator (television series) The Corner Bar-ABC, 1972-1973, Ivan the Terrible-Columbia Broadcasting System, 1976, others.

Membership

Writer People for the American Way, 1970-2005. Sergeant United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1946. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (board governors), Writers Guild American East (council member 1985-1991, president 1991-2005), Dramatists Guild, Songwriters Guild American.

Connections

Married LeGrand Council Mellon.

spouse:
LeGrand Council Mellon.