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William T. Orr (September 27, 1917 – December 25, 2002) was an American television producer associated with a series of western and detective programs of the 1950s-1970s. On most of his Warner Bros. series, he was billed as "Wm. T. Orr".

Orr began his career as an actor; his film credits include The Mortal Storm, The Gay Sisters, and The Big Street.

As the first head of Warner Bros. Television department, Orr forged a fruitful alliance with ABC, which resulted in the network having a number of prime time hits, such as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and F Troop. At the height of this relationship in the early 1960s, Orr had nine programs in prime time simultaneously. Of these, no program was more significant than one of his earliest, Cheyenne. It was a groundbreaking series that was both the first hour-long western and the first series of any kind made by a major Hollywood film studio consisting entirely of content wholly exclusive to television.

A curator at The Paley Center for Media (previously named The Museum of Television and Radio) once encapsulated Orr's importance to Warner Bros. by saying, "Television began as a step-child. But because of Orr, it became equal with film in creating revenue and jobs for the studio." One of the key reforms he made to effect this change was to move Warner's nascent television department from cramped quarters in New York City to Los Angeles studios separate from the film division.

His impact on the genre of western fiction was recognized with a Golden Boot Award upon the announcement of his death.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William T. Orr (September 27, 1917 – December 25, 2002) was an American television producer associated with a series of western and detective programs of the 1950s-1970s. On most of his Warner Bros. series, he was billed as "Wm. T. Orr".

Orr began his career as an actor; his film credits include The Mortal Storm, The Gay Sisters, and The Big Street.

As the first head of Warner Bros. Television department, Orr forged a fruitful alliance with ABC, which resulted in the network having a number of prime time hits, such as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and F Troop. At the height of this relationship in the early 1960s, Orr had nine programs in prime time simultaneously. Of these, no program was more significant than one of his earliest, Cheyenne. It was a groundbreaking series that was both the first hour-long western and the first series of any kind made by a major Hollywood film studio consisting entirely of content wholly exclusive to television.

A curator at The Paley Center for Media (previously named The Museum of Television and Radio) once encapsulated Orr's importance to Warner Bros. by saying, "Television began as a step-child. But because of Orr, it became equal with film in creating revenue and jobs for the studio." One of the key reforms he made to effect this change was to move Warner's nascent television department from cramped quarters in New York City to Los Angeles studios separate from the film division.

His impact on the genre of western fiction was recognized with a Golden Boot Award upon the announcement of his death.

Personal Info

Known For Production

Gender Male

Known Credits 44

Birthday 1917-09-27

Day of Death 2002-12-25

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Ferdinand Quinn Jr.
  • William Turney Orr
  • Wm. T. Orr
  • William Orr
  • Bill Orr

Production TV ShowsMovies

1965 Hank (26 episodes)Producer
1965 Mister Roberts (31 episodes)Producer
1965 F Troop (65 episodes)Executive Producer
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Producer
1964 Wendy and Me (34 episodes)Producer
1964 No Time for Sergeants (34 episodes)Producer
1963 The Dakotas (19 episodes)Producer
1962 The Gallant Men (26 episodes)Producer
1962 Room for One More (27 episodes)Producer
1960 The Roaring 20's (45 episodes)Producer
1960 Surfside 6 (73 episodes)Producer
1959 Hawaiian Eye (134 episodes)Producer
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (39 episodes)Producer
1959 The Alaskans (37 episodes)Producer
1958 77 Sunset Strip (206 episodes)Producer
1958 Lawman (156 episodes)Producer
1958 Bronco (68 episodes)Producer
1957 Maverick (124 episodes)Producer
1957 Sugarfoot (69 episodes)Producer
1956 Conflict (19 episodes)Producer
1955 Casablanca (10 episodes)Producer
1955 Cheyenne (108 episodes)Producer
1955 Kings Row (7 episodes)Producer

Acting

1993 Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul as Himself
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1943 He Hired the Boss as Don Bates
1943 Three Cadets as Young Flier
1942 The Big Street as Decatur Reed (as William Orr)
1942 The Gay Sisters as Dick Tone
1942 Soldiers in White as Pvt. Johnny Allison
1941 Unholy Partners as Thomas 'Tommy' Jarvis, an alias of Tommy Jarrett
1941 Navy Blues as 'Mac'
1941 Those Good Old Days as Joe La Rue
1941 Three Sons o' Guns as Kenneth Patterson
1941 Thieves Fall Out as George Formsby
1941 Honeymoon for Three as Arthur Westlake
1940 Meet the Fleet as Kansas Potter
1940 Service with the Colors as Charles Corbin
1940 My Love Came Back as Paul Malette (as William Orr)
1940 Young America Flies as Jack
1940 The Mortal Storm as Erich Von Rohn
1939 Invitation to Happiness as Bellboy (uncredited)
1939 The Hardys Ride High as Dick Bannersly
1938 Brother Rat as Member of the Guard

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