Veteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90

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Prolific television producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.

Spokesman Russ Patrick said Halmi died Wednesday in his New York City home. He was 90.

The Hungarian-born Halmi found success as a magazine photographer after arriving in America in 1951. But in a mid-career switch he turned to moving pictures. During the next half-century he went on to produce more than 200 films and miniseries for television.

His specialty was family-friendly entertainment, with projects including "The Josephine Baker Story," the Bette Midler-starring "Gypsy," ''Merlin," ''Dinotopia" and the miniseries sequel to "Gone With the Wind."

Halmi recently had begun filming "Olympus," a mythological series for the Syfy channel.

His projects were honored with 136 Emmy Awards. A Peabody Award citation called him "perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios."

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