Donald Fedderson

Donald Fedderson, who produced such TV favorites as “My Three Sons” and “The Millionaire,” died Dec. 18 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a series of heart problems. He was 81.

Fedderson began his career in radio in the 1940s and eventually ran radio and TV operations at KLAC in Los Angeles.

In 1953, Fedderson formed his own production company, bringing Liberace to TV, creating “The Millionaire”-which ran on CBS from 1955-60-and producing “Who Do You Trust?” hosted by Johnny Carson.

Fedderson also moved the then-local “Lawrence Welk Show” to ABC in the mid-1950s and, after 16 years there, helped put together the Lawrence Welk Network to continue the show in syndication in 1971.

Other credits include “Family Affair,” “Life With Elizabeth” (starring Betty White),”To Rome With Love” and the short-lived family drama “The Smith Family,” which starred Henry Fonda.

Born in South Dakota, Fedderson was a founder of the Southern California Broadcasters Assn. and an owner of the Hollywood Palladium. He also was active with the organization Childhelp USA.

Fedderson is survived by his wife, Yvonne, seven children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 in Glendale, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to establish a memorial fund for Childhelp, based in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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