Edward Simmel, who worked in TV syndication for MCA during the 1950s, died Jan. 26 of cancer. He was 76.

During World War II, Simmel served in the O.S.S., where he used his cinematography skills to record missions across Africa, Palestine and the Middle East.

Following the war he settled in Japan, where he directed several American-Japanese co-productions, including “Mist Before Dawn.”

In the early 1950s he joined MCA, where he was responsible for the syndication of TV shows “Mr. Lucky,” “Peter Gunn” and “The Cisco Kid.”

Simmel also was associated with Bing Crosby Prods., Cox Broadcasting and Official Films until forming his own production company in the late 1960s.

Simmel is survived by his wife, Dorthea; two daughters; and a son.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Simmel’s name to Vaughn Harada Research, c/o 4724 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 117, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

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