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Lew Grade
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    (December 25, 1906-December 13, 1998)
    Born in Tokmak, Ukraine
    Birth name was Louis Winogradsky
    Founder of Associated TeleVision (ATV)
    Produced the TV series 'The Saint,' 'Secret Agent Man,' 'The Prisoner,' 'Thunderbirds,' 'UFO,' 'Space: 1999' and 'The Muppet Show'
    Produced the mini-series 'Jesus of Nazareth' (1977)
    Produced the movies 'The Cassandra Crossing' (1976), 'Autumn Sonata' (1978), 'The Muppet Movie' (1979), 'From the Life of the Marionettes' (1980), 'Raise the Titanic' (1980) and 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' (1981)
    His emphasis on producing for the international market led to complaints he was making TV programs 'for Birmingham, Alabama, not Birmingham, England.'
    He was referred to as 'Low Greed' by the satirical magazine Private Eye.
    During the filming of 'Jesus of Nazareth,' he allegedly told director Franco Zeffirelli, 'Only twleve apostles? Didn't I tell you I want this thing to be big?'
    His film career ended after the back to back flops 'Raise the Titanic' and 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger.'
    His family emigrated to England to escape anti-Jewish pogroms.
    The muppet Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was modeled on his appearance.
    He was married to Kathleen Moody for 55 years until his death.
    He said, 'Marriage was the best business deal I ever made. After that, Jesus of Nazareth and the Muppets.'

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