CBS executive who produced ’24’ and over was 86 – deadline
Norman S. Powell, the longtime CBS executive whose work as a producer of 24 and more earned him two Emmy nominations, who passed away on June 16. He was 86 years old.
Powell died of acute respiratory failure, a family spokesperson confirmed to Deadline.
Born as Norman Scott Barnes on November 2, 1934, Powell was the son of Oscar-nominated cinematographer George Barnes and actress Joan Blondell. After his parents divorced in 1936, he was adopted by his mother’s second husband, actor Dick Powell.
Powell began his career in the 1950s, as a production manager on television westerns, including Wanted dead or alive, Gun smoke and The rifleman.
His small-screen credits, as a producer, include CBS ‘ Dick Van Dyke’s new show; TNT The Lazarus man; CBS ‘ Orleans; and AMC The Lot, as well as telefilms including the years 1978 More than friends, with Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall; the years 1995 Condemn Cowboy, with Jon Voight; and 1995 Black fox, with Christopher Reeve. In addition to the 2002-03 season of 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, he produced the 2006 season of the CBS action drama Unity. He also produced Brothers at war, an award-winning documentary by director-producer Jake Rademacher and executive producers Gary Sinise and David Scantling, produced for Samuel Goldwyn Pictures and Showtime.
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During his six decades in Hollywood, Powell also spent 13 years as a director of CBS Television, eventually becoming senior vice president of CBS Entertainment Productions. During his tenure with the network, he oversaw the development and production of 11 series and over 80 TV movies. His notable credits from this period include the reality TV series Save 911, Wayne Rogers-starring Miraculous landing, pilots for Cagney and Lacey and Wolf, Unbeaten, with Peter Coyote and Dermot Mulroney, and more.
Over the years, Powell has received several Telly Awards, an AMPIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motion Picture Industry in Alberta, Canada, and a PGA Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. As a producer, he also won two Emmy nominations, for the ABC miniseries in 1977. Washington: behind closed doors, and the second season of 24.
In addition to his work as a producer and executive, Powell was also a director. He directed and produced the feature documentary American value, watching the heroes who received the Medal of Honor, also staging episodes of Dick Van Dyke’s new show, The Bob Crane Show and more.
A long-time member of the Directors Guild of America and the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, where he served two terms as president, Powell never retired. At the time of his death, he was working on a sequel to Brothers at war, alongside Rademacher, Sinise and Phil Gurin, as well as a thesis to be published soon.
Powell is survived by his wife Ellen Levine and their son Matthew Powell; her children from her first marriage, Sandra Espe and Scott Powell; his stepdaughter Laurie Powell; his sister Ellen Powell; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lisa and Kenneth Brownstein, as well as several nieces and nephews, one step-grandson and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Stephanie Powell Murphy.
Norman Powell’s funeral will be on Friday June 25 at 12:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai, Simi Valley, 6150 Mt. Sinai Road.
Charitable donations in his memory can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, by clicking here, or to the Caucus Foundation, by clicking here.