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Television producer McClain dies at 63

TV vet produced more than 174 hours of programming

Television producer Chuck McLain died of a heart attack Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 63.

During his 25 years as a producer and TV executive, McLain produced more than 174 hours of television.

Among his credits were miniseries “People Like Us” for NBC, which won a supporting actress Emmy for Eva Marie Saint. He produced the Emmy- nommed miniseries “Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder,” CBS mini “Dream West” starring Richard Chamberlain as well as ABC’s “North and South, Book 1.”

He also produced numerous movies of the week including “Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story” starring Jean Smart, “Child of Rage” starring Mel Harris, “Judgment Day: The John List Story,” starring Robert Blake and Beverly D’Angelo, “In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy,” starring Richard Crenna, “Hit and Run” starring Margaret Colin and “Another Woman’s Husband” starring Gail O’Grady and Lisa Rinna. Over the years McLain had numerous in-house producing deals at ITC Productions, Republic Pictures and Hearst Entertainment Productions.

A native of New Hampshire, he was director of specials for CBS in New York during the 1970s where he supervised and developed “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and the first year of anthology program, “G.E. Theater.” He later oversaw TV movies and miniseries for Lorimar and served as VP of movies and miniseries at Warner Brothers TV, where he oversaw the development and production of projects such as “The Thorn Birds.”

He is survived by his partner of 32 years, Charles Morales.

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