You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ira Skutch dies at 88

Gameshow pioneer was also TV historian

Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88.

Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a page at NBC in New York in 1942 and went on to become a stage manager for a number of early Peacock shows such as “NBC Television Theater,” “You Are an Artist” and “Kraft Television Theater.” He was a producer-writer-director for “Philco Television Playhouse.”

Later he worked as producer-director and vice president at Goodson-Todman Productions from 1957 to 1983, moving to Los Angeles and helping create many of the most popular game shows of that time. Skutch worked on such shows as “I’ve Got a Secret,” “Beat the Clock,” “Match Game,” and “Password.” He retired in 1995 and concentrated on writing or editing, his books include “The Days of Live” (a history of live television) and “Five Directors” (about five historic radio personalities), both published by Scarecrow Press in 1998.

Survivors include a daughter and a son, a brother, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

More TV

  • Hasan Minhaj

    TV News Roundup: Hasan Minhaj Joins NBC's 'Champions' in Guest Role (EXCLUSIVE)

    Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88. Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a […]

  • Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    Sony's Tony Vinciquerra: Disney-Fox 'Creates Opportunities'

    Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88. Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a […]

  • Mayweather McGregor fight

    Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor Fight Is Second Biggest Pay-Per-View of All Time

    Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88. Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a […]

  • What Disney Bought in the Fox

    What Disney Bought: A Billion-Dollar Breakdown of Assets

    Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88. Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a […]

  • conde-nast-entertainment

    Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Set First-Look Deal With Condé Nast Entertainment

    Gameshow pioneer and TV historian Ira Skutch, who produced or directed over 10,000 episodes, died March 16 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles of lymphoma. He was 88. Skutch, who grew up in New York City and attended Dartmouth College, began his television career immediately after World War II. He started as a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content