Robert Calhoun, who won a 1987 Daytime Emmy Award for producing “As the World Turns” and was nominated for five more Emmys, died of lung cancer in New York on May 24. He was 77.
Calhoun was the executive producer of “As the World Turns” when the show was named the outstanding drama series for 1987 at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The show was also nommed in 1986, 1988 and 1989.
“As the World Turns,” rose to first place in the ratings under Calhoun’s guidance. He subsequently moved to “Guiding Light,” where he and that show were Emmy nommed in 1990 and 1991. He also received two noms while working on “Another World,” in 1979 and 1980.
In the early 1980s, he worked as a producer on “Texas.”
Calhoun’s work over the years ranged from helping to launch the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles to translating Italian film scripts into English while working in Italy in the early 1970s.
Calhoun was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from the U. of Maryland, after serving three years in the U.S. Navy. His early work in the theater included a stint as production supervisor for Eva Le Gallienne’s National Repertory Theater, during productions of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” where he met his lifelong partner, the actor Farley Granger, in 1963.
Calhoun subsequently moved to Southern California, where he worked on early productions at the Mark Taper Forum. In 1970, Calhoun moved to Italy with Granger, and spent several years living in Rome. He went back in the mid-1970s to Southern California and the Mark Taper, where he directed plays for the New Theater for Now program.
After a few years, he returned to New York to work in daytime television.
Calhoun was co-author of Granger’s memoir, “Include Me Out,” which was published in 2007.
He is survived by Granger, two brothers and a sister.