Stu Erwin, Development Executive at Universal, Dies at 82

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Stuart Philip Erwin Jr., a development executive at Universal Studios, among other companies, who was instrumental in bringing shows including “Hill Street Blues,” “Remington Steele” and “St. Elsewhere” to television, died on November 22 after a brief illness at his home in Solana Beach, Calif. He was 82.

Erwin had a long, successful career in the entertainment industry, beginning
as an assistant director on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York City, running the advertising division at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, then moving on to long stints as a development executive at Universal Studios, MTM Enterprises and GTG Entertainment.

Erwin was born in Los Angeles, the son of actors Stuart Erwin and June Collyer. After attending Brown University, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy.

During his retirement he remained very active at Brown University and was always a big supporter of the arts.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; his five children; and his six grandchildren.

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  1. Sarah Johnson says:

    I was sorry to read about Stu having passed away. He was the reason I was able to break into Hollywood right out of college. He was a kind man and always helpful to me. I will never forget him and the immense impact he had on my career. To the Erwins, I am sorry for your loss and best wishes to your family. – Sarah Johnson

  2. Diane Erwin says:

    You might want to change the fact that he was Exec. VP of Drama at MTM when he brought those great shows to the company after being solely a comedy production company, not Universal Studios, as you stated.

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