Fred Coe – Wikipedia

American film director

Frederick Hayden Hughs Coe (December 23, 1914 – April 29, 1979) was an American television producer and director most famous for The Goodyear Television Playhouse/The Philco Television Playhouse in 1948-1955 and Playhouse 90 from 1957 to 1959. Among the live TV dramas he produced were Marty and The Trip to Bountiful for Goodyear/Philco, Peter Pan for Producers’ Showcase, and Days of Wine and Roses for Playhouse 90.

Frederick Hayden Hughs Coe [ một ] was born on December 23, 1914, in Alligator, Mississippi. His faFantasy Island 2023 Film Locations
r, F. H. H. Coe, was an attorney ; his mother, Annette Harrell Coe, was a nurse. [ 2 ] Coe grew up in Buckhorn, Kentucky, và Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Peabody Demonstration School in Nashville và Peabody College, before studying at the Yale Drama School. [ tam ] While he lived in Nashville he was active with the Nashville Community Playhouse và founded the Hillsboro Players. [ một ]

Coe went bự Columbia, South Carolina, in 1940 after his graduate work at Yale. There he was director và manager of the Town Theater, which he developed into a venue for mới ra plays. [ một ]

He started as a production manager at NBC in 1945.[4] Coe made his mark in the early years of network television when Lights Out moved from radio to TV on July 3, 1946. Variety reviewed:

Coe became executive producer of Mr. Peepers in 1952 and kept that job until 1955. The program won a Peabody Award in 1953. He won an Emmy Award in 1954 as Best Producer of a Live Series for his work on Producer’s Showcase.[1]

Coe encouraged writers, including Paddy Chayefsky, Horton Foote, Tad Mosel, JP Miller, Summer Locke Elliott, Robert Alan Aurthur, & Gore Vidal. Numerous important actors appeared on Coe’s shows, which were directed by, among others, Vincent Donohue, Delbert Mann & Arthur Penn. [ ba ]

Coe also was a significant producer on Broadway. His plays include The Trip to Bountiful, The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw, All the Way Home, A Thousand Clowns, and Wait Until Dark. He also produced the film versions of The Miracle Worker and A Thousand Clowns, the latter of which he directed.

Coe was married to, and divorced from, Alice Griggs, and they had two children. At the time of his death he was legally separated from his second wife, Joyce Beeler, with who he had two children. He died of a heart attack on April 29, 1979, in Los Angeles, aged 64.[3] He is buried in Green River Cemetery in Springs, New York.[citation needed]

His biography, The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television by Jon Krampner, was published by Rutgers University Press in 1997. The UCLA Film and Television Archive has kinescopes of many Coe productions and has made some digital transfers. The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research also has kinescopes.


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