The ‘Guardian of the TV Film’ began at Ziv and Screen Diamonds prior to dispatching his own organization and taking it private.
Charles W. Fries, the productive maker and chief who was known as the “Adoptive parent of the TV Film,” kicked the bucket Thursday in Los Angeles, his family reported. He was 92.
In 1974, he framed Charles Fries Creations, which later became Fries Amusement. By one gauge, he and his organization delivered or potentially directed over 275 hours of telefilms, miniseries and arrangement.
Fries had his most noteworthy effect during the time frame he depicted in his life account as “the brilliant days of the TV film” — the 25-year time frame from 1968-93.
His ventures incorporated The Astonishing Arachnid Man arrangement of the last part of the 1970s; the 1980 Beam Bradbury miniseries The Martian Annals, featuring Rock Hudson; 1981’s Severe Gather, featuring Ron Howard and Craftsmanship Carney; The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982), featuring Sondra Locke as the artist; 1989’s Little Forfeits, featuring Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal; 1990’s The Sovereign of Mean, featuring Suzanne Pleshette as New York inn investor Leona Helmsley; and the three-hour 1991 film The Neon Realm, featuring Beam Sharkey, Martin Landau and Gary Busey.
For the big screen, Fries created Feline Individuals (1982), coordinated by Paul Schrader and featuring Natassja Kinski; Outside the alloted boundaries (1986), featuring Anthony Michael Corridor; and Screamers (1995), featuring Peter Weller.
He additionally was an executive maker on Blossoms in the Storage room (1987), featuring Louise Fletcher, and Troop Beverly Slopes (1989), featuring Shelley Long and Craig T. Nelson. (The last was formed after his significant other Ava’s genuine experience driving a Young lady Scout troop.)
“Crafted by a maker is actually a crazy ride,” he wrote in his 2010 journal. “On any one day, no one can really tell what level or slope you will ride on — up or down or topsy turvy. It’s energizing, elating and frequently unnerving, so you hold tight and are alleviated when you end the ride safely.”In 1984, Fries raised $9 million to take his organization public. He hopped into the film business in 1985 and dispatched a home video activity in 1987, yet, hit by mounting misfortunes, he covered the film division in 1990 and petitioned for Section 11 liquidation redesign a year later.
In a 1999 visit for the site The Meetings: An Oral History of TV, Fries said that Credit Lyonnais and other venture banks put a lot of cash into the business, driving organizations to create an overabundance of item.
“We got several business circumstances that I ought not have been in,” he added. “The home video business, I shouldn’t have been in it. I wasn’t an understudy of home video. I did very great in TV.”
Brought into the world in Cincinnati on Sept. 30, 1928, Charles William Fries was the child of a merchant in the produce business. He went to Senior Secondary School and moved on from Ohio State College.
He came to Los Angeles in Walk 1952 for a task for $100 every week as a bookkeeper at Ziv TV — one of his uncles was a financial officer there — and took in the business as the organization, a partnership pioneer, produced such projects as The Cisco Child, Expressway Watch, Ocean Chase, The Eddie Cantor Show and Bat Masterson. (Another of his uncles was William Girard, a maker at twentieth Century Fox.)
In 1960, Fries was recruited by William Dozier as a VP of creation at Columbia Pictures’ Screen Diamonds, the television home of Stripped City, Father Knows Best, Highway 66, Beguiled, Hazel, The Donna Reed Show and I Long for Jeannie. He segued to the studio’s film division as a vp accountable for highlight film creation and organization and played a part in Jack Nicholson’s Five Simple Pieces (1970).
Fries joined Metromedia Makers Corp. in 1970 as a leader vp and created and additionally directed in excess of two dozen telefilms and arrangement, including The Undersea Universe of Jacques Cousteau, prior to going out all alone.
Fries was an individual from the Gathering for Makers, Authors, and Chiefs for a very long time and served five terms as director. He likewise was a seat at the American Film Foundation, where the Charles W. Fries Maker of the Year Grant respects and supports quality TV.
Survivors incorporate Ava, his significant other of 33 years; youngsters Mike (Chief of Freedom Worldwide), Charles, Suzanne, Chris, Dyanne, Mike, Alice and Jon; step-girl Diane; 22 grandkids; and 13 incredible grandkids.
He was hitched for a very long time to Hymn Fries before they separated in 1985.
Gifts might be made to the Gathering Establishment, committed to growing variety in media outlets with grant support, monetary awards and coaching for the up and coming age of makers, scholars and chiefs.