Warner Bros. TV exec brought 'Roots' to TV

TV executive Charles D. McGregor, who was instrumental in bringing landmark miniseries “Roots” to television, died Nov. 16 in Beverly Hills. He was 84.

McGregor began in the entertainment business as a song plugger — he persuaded Nat King Cole to record “Smile” in 1954.

In the early days of television he produced several network series. He co-founded television company Banner Films, which distributed the Tarzan movies, among others, around the world.

McGregor was president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution for more than 20 of his 27 years with that company; there, through acquisitions, he brought to television many significant programs, including “Roots” and “The Thorn Birds,” both of which aired on ABC.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita; a son and a daughter Joan; and a granddaughter.

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