Thank you for being a friend, Paul Junger Witt.
Witt, a celebrated film and television producer whose credits include NBC’s The Golden Girls and its short-lived spin-off, The Golden Palace, died Friday in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer, Variety reports. He was 77.
Tony Thomas partnered with Witt in 1975 to form Witt/Thomas Productions. When Witt married Golden Girls creator Susan Harris in 1983, the company expanded as Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions.
Witt’s additional TV credits include The Partridge Family, Soap, Benson, Empty Nest, Blossom, Here Come the Brides, It’s a Living, Herman’s Head, Nurses, The John Larroquette Show, and the original Beauty and the Beast.
He also produced the films Dead Poets Society, Three Kings, Insomnia, and A Better Life.
The prolific producer won two Emmy Awards for Golden Girls, as well as another for the TV movie Brian’s Song. Dead Poets Society also earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Born in New York City, Witt was known as a dedicated environmentalist. He is survived by his wife, Harris, and five children.