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.

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

Known For Creator

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

Two for the Money Creator
What's My Line? Creator
Where the Action Is Creator
Now You See It Creator
The Better Sex Creator
Family Feud Creator
To Tell the Truth Creator Creator Creator
The Price Is Right (AU) Creator
The New Price Is Right Creator
The Price Is Right Creator Creator Creator
2016 To Tell the Truth Creator
2016 Family Feud Creator
2015 Now You See It Creator
2014 Family Feud Creator
2008 Celebrity Family Feud Creator
2006 I've Got a Secret Creator
2001 Card Sharks Creator
1990 To Tell The Truth Creator
1986 The New Hollywood Squares Creator
1984 I've Got A Secret (UK) Creator
1984 Body Language Creator
1984 The Price Is Right Creator
1980 Sale of the Century Creator
1978 Card Sharks Creator
1977 Family Feud Creator
1976 Family Feud Creator
1974 Tattletales Creator
1972 The Price Is Right Creator
1971 Sale of the Century Creator
1969 Sale of the Century Creator
1969 He Said, She Said Creator
1966 Hollywood Squares Creator
1956 To Tell the Truth Creator
1956 The Price Is Right Creator
1952 I've Got a Secret Creator
1951 The Big Payoff Creator
1950 Beat the Clock Creator
1949 Man Against Crime Creator

Directing

Two for the Money (1 episode)Director
2016 To Tell the Truth (32 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 (6 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 (4801 episodes)Director
1978 Card Sharks (2 episodes)Director
1977 Family Feud (1 episode)Director
1976 Family Feud (48 episodes)Director
1974 Tattletales (78 episodes)Director
1972 The Price Is Right (1767 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

Crew

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

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