Biography

On March 11, 1922 in Chicago was born Paul Alter, an American TV personality and director of several award-winning TV series. Alter is a graduated from New York University and the Yale School of Drama. Back in the early years while he was living in Chicago, Alter was studding piano with Teddy Wilson, from the Benny Goodman Quartet. The time spent with this talented musician helped him learn a lot about the music, and in the later years be his guide when composing film music. In 1969 Alter put his music talent to use for the first time and composed the music theme for “To Tell the Truth”. In 1950 he started working in television, and served as a key figure at Mark Goodson Productions. His first job as a game show director was with “Beat the Clock”. From there he went on to work on some 60 game shows and other productions.

He is best known as the original director of Family Feud from the show's origin in the mid-1970s until the early 1990s. For his contribution to this show Paul Alter was awarded with a Daytime Emmy in 1982. His second Daytime Emmy was for “The Price Is Right” in 1996. Over the course of his career that spanned five decades, Alter had a total of 14 Emmy nominations.

This television veteran helped create over 60 games shows and directed almost all of the pilots for the company’s shows, even if another director went on to lead the series. Outside the TV game show arena, Paul Alter gained attention with his lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. over similarities between a story outline he wrote and the film "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid". Alter sued Disney claiming several similarities between that movie and his treatment, and when his case went to trial in 1993 the jury ruled in his favor, awarding him $300,000.

He directed the original version of Family Feud which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1985, and when the show was revived he continued to direct until he finally left the show and went on to direct “To Tell the Truth”. Paul Alter also directed both versions for the hit show “The Price Is Right”, one of the longest-running network series in the television history of the United States. He died from natural causes at 89, on June 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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On March 11, 1922 in Chicago was born Paul Alter, an American TV personality and director of several award-winning TV series. Alter is a graduated from New York University and the Yale School of Drama. Back in the early years while he was living in Chicago, Alter was studding piano with Teddy Wilson, from the Benny Goodman Quartet. The time spent with this talented musician helped him learn a lot about the music, and in the later years be his guide when composing film music. In 1969 Alter put his music talent to use for the first time and composed the music theme for “To Tell the Truth”. In 1950 he started working in television, and served as a key figure at Mark Goodson Productions. His first job as a game show director was with “Beat the Clock”. From there he went on to work on some 60 game shows and other productions.

He is best known as the original director of Family Feud from the show's origin in the mid-1970s until the early 1990s. For his contribution to this show Paul Alter was awarded with a Daytime Emmy in 1982. His second Daytime Emmy was for “The Price Is Right” in 1996. Over the course of his career that spanned five decades, Alter had a total of 14 Emmy nominations.

This television veteran helped create over 60 games shows and directed almost all of the pilots for the company’s shows, even if another director went on to lead the series. Outside the TV game show arena, Paul Alter gained attention with his lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. over similarities between a story outline he wrote and the film "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid". Alter sued Disney claiming several similarities between that movie and his treatment, and when his case went to trial in 1993 the jury ruled in his favor, awarding him $300,000.

He directed the original version of Family Feud which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1985, and when the show was revived he continued to direct until he finally left the show and went on to direct “To Tell the Truth”. Paul Alter also directed both versions for the hit show “The Price Is Right”, one of the longest-running network series in the television history of the United States. He died from natural causes at 89, on June 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1922-03-11

Day of Death 2011-06-11

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Official Site http://www.tv.com/people/paul-alter/

Also Known As

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Creator TV ShowsMovies

2016 To Tell the TruthCreator
2016 Family FeudCreator
2015 Now You See ItCreator
2014 Family FeudCreator
2008 Celebrity Family FeudCreator
2006 I've Got a SecretCreator
2001 Card SharksCreator
1990 To Tell The TruthCreator
1986 The New Hollywood SquaresCreator
1984 I've Got A Secret (UK)Creator
1984 Body LanguageCreator
1984 The Price Is RightCreator
1980 Sale of the CenturyCreator
1978 Card SharksCreator
1977 Family FeudCreator
1976 Family FeudCreator
1972 The Price Is RightCreator
1971 Sale of the CenturyCreator
1969 Sale of the CenturyCreator
1969 He Said, She SaidCreator
1966 Hollywood SquaresCreator
1956 To Tell the TruthCreator
1956 The Price Is RightCreator
1952 I've Got a SecretCreator
1951 The Big PayoffCreator
1950 Beat the ClockCreator
1949 Man Against CrimeCreator
1900 Two for the MoneyCreator
1900 What's My LineCreator
1900 Where the Action IsCreator
1900 Now You See ItCreator
1900 The Better SexCreator
1900 TattletalesCreator
1900 Family FeudCreator
1900 To Tell the TruthCreator
1900 To Tell the TruthCreator
1900 To Tell the TruthCreator
1900 The Price Is Right (AU)Creator
1900 The New Price Is RightCreator
1900 The Price Is RightCreator
1900 The Price Is RightCreator
1900 The Price Is RightCreator

Directing

2016 To Tell the Truth(11 episodes)Director
2016 Family Feud(4 episodes)Director
2015 Now You See It(8 episodes)Director
2014 Family Feud(16 episodes)Director
2008 Celebrity Family Feud(19 episodes)Director
2006 I've Got a Secret(1 episode)Director
2001 Card Sharks(1 episode)Director
1990 To Tell The Truth(1 episode)Director
1986 The New Hollywood Squares(1 episode)Director
1984 I've Got A Secret (UK)(32 episodes)Director
1984 Body Language(7 episodes)Director
1984 The Price Is Right(100 episodes)Director
1980 Sale of the Century(4,801 episodes)Director
1978 Card Sharks(2 episodes)Director
1977 Family Feud(1 episode)Director
1976 Family Feud(47 episodes)Director
1972 The Price Is Right(1,731 episodes)Director
1971 Sale of the Century(1 episode)Director
1969 Sale of the Century(1 episode)Director
1969 He Said, She Said(1 episode)Director
1966 Hollywood Squares(1 episode)Director
1956 To Tell the Truth(13 episodes)Director
1956 The Price Is Right(1 episode)Director
1952 I've Got a Secret(8 episodes)Director
1951 The Big Payoff(1 episode)Director
1950 Beat the Clock(27 episodes)Director
1949 Man Against Crime(5 episodes)Director
1900 Two for the Money(1 episode)Director
1900 Tattletales(21 episodes)Director

Crew

2002 Catch Me If You CanCompositors
1984 Child's Play(76 episodes)Compositors
1966 Alice of Wonderland in ParisCompositors

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