Terry Keegan, a television producer, died Jan. 29 near Kingman, Ariz. Cause of death was suicide. He was 59.Beginning his career in 1960 as a page for NBC, Keegan served in various production capacities and by the end of the decade became director of live programming, West Coast, for the Peacock network. During the early ’70s he helped develop “Chico and the Man” and “Sanford and Son.” Shortly thereafter, he was named VP development, West Coast, and was directly responsible for developing “Little House on the Prairie,””Police Story, “”Police Woman” and “The Flip Wilson Show.” In 1975 he left NBC to join Paramount Television as VP, creative affairs, where he was credited with developing “Happy Days,””Serpico,””Laverne & Shirley” and the miniseries “Shogun.” In 1979 Keegan and producer Arthur Fellows formed The Fellows-Keegan Company and, at Par, produced the miniseries “Top of the Hill,” and telepix “One Shoe Makes It Murder” and “The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything.” The Fellows-Keegan Company left Paramount in 1983 for deals with Four Star Television and Alan Landsberg Prods. for development of series and telefilms. In 1988 they returned to Paramount and Fellows retired the following year. He is survived by a daughter, six stepchildren, a sister, and ex-wife, Linda Keegan. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at noon at the home of Daphne London-Weaver, 452 La Marina Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. In lieu of flowers family suggests contributions be made in TerryKeegan’s name to L.A. Suicide Prevention Crisis Line, 626 S. Kingsley, L.A. 90005.
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