Emmy winner also produced stage shows

TV exec and stage show developer Michel (Mike) Grilikhes died March 9 in Culver City of kidney failure. He was 83.

A native of New York, he attended Yale U. and had a 20 year career in the U.S. Marines. After working in the film unit for the Marines, he started in show business as managing director of Town Hall Theater in Sturbridge, Mass., then joined Universal Pictures in New York and became production manager on “Mr. Universe,” starring Jack Carson and Bert Lahr.

Grilikhes joined CBS Television, where he worked as production exec and producer/director on shows such as “Studio One” and “G.E. Theater.” He won an Emmy for producing “Playhouse 90” and served as program exec for shows including “Route 66,” “Dobie Gillis” and “Dennis the Menace.”

His writing credits include the screenplay for United Artists’ “Duel at Diablo,” a two part episode of “Bonanza” and “The Golden Men” for Qualis Productions.

He produced several live arena shows such as “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Disney On Parade” and “Peter Pan,” the latter two grossing more than $60 million.

Grilikhes and his wife, actress Laraine Day, were active in the development of Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center. He also produced several touring Polynesian-themed shows.

He was a member of the Writers Guild of America and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Grilikhes is survived by his wife; two daughters; a son; a stepson; a stepdaughter; several grandchildren and two sisters.

Donations may be made to SHARE, Inc. P.O. Box 1342, Beverly Hills, CA 90213.

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