Longtime ABC television programming executive Lloyd H. Gaynes, who supervised such TV shows as “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Password” before forming his own successful TV production company, died June 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hollywood. He was 68.
A 40-year veteran of the TV industry, Gaynes began his career as a director at WTVJ-TV Miami, where he produced local programming that ranged from news to specials.
He then worked for WPIX-TV New York as a director, producer and programmer.
In 1968 he was named VP of daytime programming for the ABC Television Network where he supervised and produced gameshows including “Family Feud,” “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game.”
Born and raised in Garden City, on Long Island, N.Y., Gaynes graduated from the U. of Miami before serving as a lieutenant in the Air Force in the special services entertainment unit.
Gaynes is survived by his mother, Irene; two children; two grandchildren; and a brother.
Family suggests donations in Gaynes’ name be sent to the American Cancer Society.