Robert Silberling, a co-executive producer and supervising executive on “Baywatch” and the father of director Brad Silberling, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 79 and had long fought Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In addition to his work on about a dozen episodes of the hugely popular “Baywatch” around 1990, Robert Silberling was producer, supervising producer or executive producer on a number of telepics including “Outback Bound,””Dream Breakers,” “The Gift of Love” and finally “The Face on the Milk Carton” in 1995.
Earlier Silberling had produced documentaries including “Nine From Little Rock” (1964) and “John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums” (1965) under the aegis of the U.S. Information Agency before eventually becoming an executive at ABC and then CBS.
In addition to Brad Silberling, director of “Casper,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Land of the Lost,” and Brad’s wife, actress Amy Brenneman, Robert Silberling is survived by his wife, Joyce, and daughter Tracey.
A public memorial will be held Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.