Frank Pacelli

Emmy-winning director Frank Pacelli died Friday of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 72.

Pacelli directed “The Young and the Restless” for the past 16 years. During this time, he was nominated for 12 Emmys and won five.

A Chicago native, he got his start in show business at the age of 5 as the voice of “Sucky” on the local radio show “Skippy.”

He began directing at NBC in New York. Starting as helmer for the public affairs department’s live religious shows, Pacelli worked his way up to director of “The David Susskind Show.”

In 1967, he began directing “Days of Our Lives,” and helmed such daytime dramas as “Dark Shadows,” “Bright Promise,” “The Young Marrieds” and “Morning Star.”

In 1980, Pacelli left “Days” to join the team of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” His direction of the series earned him Emmy awards in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1996.

He is survived by a brother and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the American Heart Assn.

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