Christopher Gorman, TV executive who served as both senior director of casting and director of motion pictures for television and miniseries for CBS, died May 20 of AIDS complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He was 45.
A New York native, he first worked for CBS at age 18 as an apprentice in the scenic design department. He later was a casting director for Warner Bros., where he worked on such films as “Heartbreak Ridge” and “Pale Rider.”
In 1988, Gorman received the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award for casting for his work on the miniseries “Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder” and received an additional Artios nomination for his casting of “The Betty Ford Story” starring Gena Rowlands, who won an Emmy Award for her performance.
He returned to CBS and eventually became director of motion pictures for television and miniseries, where he was instrumental in bringing theatrical properties to CBS.
Gorman also directed legit shows in Los Angeles and New York, including a production George Bernard Shaw’s “St. Joan,” starring Sheila Kelly.
In 1995, the State U. of New York named Gorman one of its hundred most distinguished alumni.
His final position at CBS was as VP of drama series development for CBS Prods., where he oversaw the launch of such series as “Judging Amy” and “Family Law.”
Gorman is survived by his parents, a brother, four sisters and eight nieces and nephews.
Family suggests donations in his name be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.