TV producer Charles Colarusso died on his 72nd birthday Dec. 7 of complications from a stroke. His death came less than three months after that of his partner of 43 years, Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Art Baer, who coincidentally died on his own birthday Sept. 17 in Los Angeles from complications of cancer. He was 81.
Colarusso, a native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., was first a graphics designer. In the mid-1960s, he became associate producer of “Fractued Phrases,” “It’s Your Move” and “Picture This,” and designed all the logos.
In L.A., he was part of the staff of celeb trivia show “The Movie Game,” hosted by Larry Blyden and featuring Daily Variety’s Army Archerd. In the 1970s, he began serving for 10 years as associate producer of Dinah Shore’s talkshow, “Dinah’s Place” and “Dinah!”
Thereafter, he produced syndie talkshows starring Jim Nabors, John Davidson, Chuck Woolery and Wil Shriner.
In addition, he was exec producer of gameshow “Dream House” and “Every Second Counts,” which he also created.
He was also an exec with Group W Prods. In recent years, he pursued a successful career as an artist and collector. He was writing a book about his life experiences as a heart transplant patient.
Survivors include a sister, three nephews and a niece.