Produced 'Planet of the Apes', 'U.N.C.L.E.'

Mort Abrahams, associate producer of the first two “Planet of the Apes” films and producer of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” TV series, died of natural causes May 28 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 93.

Abrahams also had a story credit on sequel “Beneath the Planet of the Apes.”

His other credits include “Tales of Tomorrow” which featured live TV performances by James Dean, Paul Newman, and Rod Steiger; “General Electric Theater” hosted by Ronald Reagan; as well as “Route 66,” “The Third Man” TV series and “The Kraft Suspense Theater.”

His feature film credits as associate producer, producer and executive producer included “Dr. Doolittle,” “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “Luther,” “Man in the Glass Booth,” “Lost in the Stars” and “Separate Tables.” He was executive producer of “The Greek Tycoon,” and his last credit was as producer of “Seven Hours to Judgement.”

His career in television began in 1950 when he produced “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.”

From 1989-1994 he served as producer-in-residence for the Center for Advanced Film and Television at AFI.

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