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Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling (born April 22, 1923 in Dallas, Texas) is an American film and television producer.

He has worked on almost 200 productions including Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Vega$, Hart to Hart, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, Family, Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. Certain sources list him as the world's most prolific or successful television producer.

Aaron attended Forest Avenue High School. After serving with the USAAF, he graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1945. He went to New York and found some work as an actor. He married actress Carolyn Jones, in 1953, and they moved to California. He had his break as a writer, selling his first script to Jane Wyman Theater in 1954. He went on to write for Dick Powell, Playhouse 90, and Last Man, amongst others. He joined Powell's Four Star Productions. After the death of Powell he formed Thomas-Spelling Productions with Danny Thomas. Their first hit was The Mod Squad. In 1972, he created Aaron Spelling Productions and another co-production company with Leonard Goldberg. His company went public in 1986 as Spelling Entertainment.

He divorced Jones in 1965 and in 1968 he married Carol Jean Marer. He is father of the actors Victoria Davey (Tori) and Randall Gene (Randy). He lives in Los Angeles; his home is the largest single-family dwelling in California.

Spelling also created the NBC daytime soap opera Sunset Beach from 1997 to 1999.

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