Alan Landsburg, Prolific TV Producer, Dies at 81

Alan Landsburg, a TV producer with wide-ranging interests who produced a vast number of TV movies and documentaries, as well as the speculative series “In Search Of,” famously narrated by Leonard Nimoy, died Aug. 14 in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Landsburg was nominated for an Oscar for the 1971 feature documentary “Alaska Wilderness Lake,” which he produced. He was also nominated for five Emmys, winning for the fine, even now well-remembered 1970 telepic “A Storm in Summer,” starring Peter Ustinov, and nominated for beloved 1981 telepic “Bill,” starring Mickey Rooney, as well as for 1975’s “Fear on Trial,” 1978’s “Between the Wars” and 1983’s “Adam,” a telepic about the kidnapping of John Walsh’s son.

Landsburg produced reams of nature documentaries, including episodes of “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and “National Geographic Specials”; the historical docu series “Men in Crisis”; a docu series with a more feature-like feel in “Time-Life Specials: The March of Time”; apart from “In Search Of,” the speculative documentary “In Search of Ancient Astronauts”; 1980 miniseries “The Chisholms”; and “Bill” sequel “Bill: On His Own” and “Adam” sequel “Adam: His Song Continues.”

Landsburg was also executive producer of some feature films, including “Porky’s II: The Next Day” and “Jaws 3-D,” both in 1983. Not finding much success in this realm, however, he returned to TV and turned out loads of telepics in the mid- to late 1980s and in the ’90s.

During the 1950s he worked until his discharge from the Armed Services in 1956 as a writer, director and producer of special events for the American Forces Network in Europe.

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