“Dick Cavett Show”, “It’s amazing! The director was 95 years old – The Hollywood Reporter
Arthur Forrest, the three-time Daytime Emmy winner whose 70-year television career has included work on Honeymooners, The Dick Cavett Show and Who owns the line anyway?, is dead. He was 95 years old.
Forrest died on Oct. 25 of natural causes at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Marcy Forrest said Hollywood journalist.
A live events specialist, Forrest ran NBC’s annual Tournament of Roses telecast from Pasadena from 1977 to 2017, when he retired from show business at age 90. “I love to start the new year with marching bands!” he said.
For more than four decades, from New York to Las Vegas, Forrest also produced and directed the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, which raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1976, he and Frank Sinatra secretly arranged for Lewis’ emotional reunion with his ex-showbiz partner Dean Martin on the show. (His wife was the Telethon Talent Coordinator for many years.)
Forrest won his Emmys for directing the television broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in 1995 and for directing the talk shows Leeza in 1996 and The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1999. He garnered 17 Emmy nominations during his career.
Born in 1926 in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Forrest took an extension course from NYU in television production, then accepted the only job he was offered – janitor – at the DuMont network, where he would be promoted to page, then assistant. studio, machinist, mike boom operator, grip, cameraman, associate director and so on.
Forrest worked a camera for Honeymooners and Captain Video and his Video Rangers while collaborating at DuMont with television icons such as Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs.
Forrest left DuMont for Channel 5 in New York City, where he directed the popular children’s show Wonderama and worked on programs hosted by David Susskind, David Frost and Soupy Sales, then left in 1973 to direct ABC’s The Dick Cavett Show.
Two years later, he moved to Los Angeles, where he established his niche in live television.
He made the first reality TV hit It’s incredible! for ABC and over 120 episodes (1998-2007) of improv comedy Who is it anyway?, for ABC and ABC Famille.
His resume also included rock ‘n’ roll tribute shows with Murray the K, Casey Kasem and Don Kirshner; the game shows Silver maze and Matchmaker; and talk shows hosted by Montel Williams, Wil Shriner, Vicki Lawrence, Donny & Marie Osmond and Pat Sajak.
He spent the last 27 years of his life in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
In addition to his wife, survivors include their children, Zak and Nicole; son-in-law Steve; grandchildren Max and Dahlia; her son from a previous marriage, Richard; and stepson Kyle.