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‘Battlestar Galactica’ producer dies

Harvey Frand, 68, won an Emmy for the sci-fi skein

Harvey Frand, Emmy-winning producer of “Battlestar Galactica,” died in Los Angeles after a brief hospitalization for respiratory problems. He was 68.

Frand began his TV producing career in 1985 with “The Devlin Connection,” Rock Hudson’s final series. He went on to produce the 1985-87 version of “The Twilight Zone” as well as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Young Riders,” “Lazarus Man” with Robert Urich, “Pretender” and “Strange World.” For his work on “Battlestar Galactica,” he won an AFI Award, the 2005 Peabody Award and a 2008 Emmy and is currently nominated for a second Emmy Award.

Mary McDonnell, star of the series, said in a statement, “Harvey had a remarkable gift as a producer. He always made the person who was voicing needs and concerns know that he was truly listening despite the fact that you knew he was juggling hundreds of others simultaneously.”

Writer/producer Bradley Thompson said, “He would constantly challenge us find creative ways to make the piece work within the constraints of physical and financial reality.  And if he felt we needed that something extra… say a nuclear explosion or two… to make the story play, he’d go to the mat to make it happen.”

Born in Philadelphia, he studied political science at the U. of Pittsburgh. After working with Students for Kennedy in college, he started out at NBC news. As an executive for Warner Brothers he oversaw production on the 1973 David Janssen series, “Harry O.”

In addition to his work in series television, he produced more than 20 pilots and movies of the week. He also produced the 1974-75 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” starring Christopher Walken and Irene Worth.

Frand is survived by his domestic partner of 32 years, Bill Bowersock.

Donations may be made to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ Alive Music Project.

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