Emmy Award-winning producer Roger Gimbel, who made high-quality telepics, such as “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” that frequently addressed serious subjects such as domestic violence or mental illness, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Exec producer Gimbel shared a 1973 Emmy with producer George Schaefer for made-for “A War of Children,” about Irish Protestant and Catholic friends living amid the troubles in Belfast.
Gimbel’s 500-plus productions received a total of 18 Emmys. Other telepics on which he was producer or exec producer included “The Amazing Howard Hughes” “Chernobyl: The Final Warning,” “The Glass House,” “Green Eyes,” “I Heard the Owl Call My Name,” “Larry,” “Shattered Dreams” and “Tell Me Where It Hurts.”
Born in Philadelphia, Gimbel was a member of the Gimbels department store family. He studied economics at Yale and served with the Army Air Forces in Italy during WWII.
Survivors include his wife, actress Jennifer Warren, and four children.