Va­ri­ety show pro­ducer Bob Henry dies at 92

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

Bob Henry, a pro­ducer and di­rec­tor of tele­vi­sion va­ri­ety shows, in­clud­ing “The Nat King Cole Show” and “The Flip Wil­son Show,” has died, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

A Tues­day state­ment from the Pageant of the Mas­ters art fes­ti­val, where he was a di­rec­tor, said Mr. Henry died Sun­day at his home in La­guna Beach, Calif. He was 92.

Mr. Henry worked in tele­vi­sion for more than five decades and was noted for bring­ing black per­form­ers such as Cole and Wil­son to a wider au­di­ence. He pro­duced, di­rected and wrote 1956’s “Nat King Cole Show” for NBC. Sev­eral net­work af­fil­i­ates re­fused to air it be­cause of its black star.

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