75-year-old Paul Junger Witt was the beloved producer behind many popular television shows, but the one that he is best known for is “Golden Girls.” Unfortunately, Paul passed away on April 27, 2018, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born on March 20, 1941, in New York City, he went on to graduate from the University of Virginia.
He was a dedicated environmentalist, and he dedicated his free time to help however he could. He even served on the California State Park and Recreation Commission for a total of 16 years.
Paul moved to Hollywood hoping to pursue a career in television and film as a young man and took his first job working in the mailroom of Columbia Pictures.
Paul has been credited as a producer on over 67 films and television shows, including The Partridge Family, Dead Poets Society, The Golden Girls, Three Kings, and Insomnia. He wasn’t just a talented producer however, he also dabbled in the role of director and even served as a writer on the 1985 television show, Hail to the Chief.
His work on Dead Poets Society even earned him an Oscar nomination! Over his career, Paul earned 7 wins and 11 nominations for a variety of awards.
He married his first wife Ann McLaughlin in 1968 and they had three children together, Christopher, Anthony, and Genevieve. Unfortunately, the two later divorced and he went on to marry Susan Harris in 1983. Together, they had two children.
Paul’s family requests that anyone who feels the need to send them something, instead makes a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Children, or an environmental organization.
Please keep his family and friends in your prayers tonight as they face this devastating loss. He will be mourned by all who know and love him.
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