James ‘Woody’ Woodworth

Stage manager

James “Woody” Woodworth, vet stage manager for ABC-TV, died Oct. 14 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., of emphysema. He was 73.

Woodworth began his TV career in the early 1950s as a page before being hired as a stage manager by ABC-TV Los Angeles.

Over the course of his 35 year tenure at ABC-TV, he worked on numerous skeins including “Barney Miller,” “Welcome Back Kotter,” “The Lawrence Welk Show,” “American Bandstand,” “General Hospital” and “The Ernie Kovacs Show.” He also worked on the 1984 Olympics, the first telecast of the Kennedy-Nixon debates and over 20 Oscarcasts (including the show’s first telecast in 1953).

Woodworth was a recipient of the Directors Guild of America’s top honor, the Franklin J. Schaffner lifetime achievement award, recognizing career longevity and service to the guild.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son David, cinema marketing manager for DTS; and daughter Joann, project supervisor at Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

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