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E. Duke Vincent Dies At 91: Beverly Hills 90210 Producer No More




E. Duke Vincent Dies At 91: 'Beverly Hills 90210' Producer No More

On February 10, the entertainment world mourned the loss of E. Duke Vincent, the esteemed producer behind the iconic show ‘Dynasty.’ His passing at his Montecito, California home was disclosed by his wife, Pamela Hensley Vincent, in an obituary published in The Santa Barbara Independent.

Beginning with a heartfelt declaration, the obituary announced, “With deep sorrow, I announce the departure of my cherished husband, E. Duke Vincent, a revered Blue Angel, an Emmy-winning television producer and writer, and a distinguished novelist.”

Edward Ventimiglia, born on April 30, 1932, in New Jersey, was the only child of Margaret and Egizio Ventimiglia. Initially drawn to aviation, Vincent pursued his dreams after graduating from Seton Hall University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving with the Blue Angels during the 1960-1961 seasons. However, his trajectory shifted towards television when he captured photo sequences for the NBC series ‘The Blue Angels,’ prompting his departure from the Navy in 1962.

Collaborating with writer Arnie Kane, Vincent co-authored and produced seven one-hour documentaries titled ‘Man in Space.’ His partnership with the executive producers of ‘The Dick van Dyke’ show on ‘Good Morning World’ marked his entry into television production roles.

In 1978, Vincent joined forces with Aaron Spelling, resulting in the production of 43 series, including the beloved ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ and ‘The Colbys.’ Their collaboration extended to seven mini-series and 39 made-for-television films, including the Emmy-winning ‘And the Band Played On.’

Beyond his producing prowess, Vincent showcased his literary talents with four novels: ‘Mafia Summer,’ ‘Black Widow,’ ‘The Strip,’ and ‘The Camelot Conspiracy.’

The obituary underscored Vincent’s prolific career, stating, “Over his 40-year tenure in Hollywood, Duke wrote or produced over 2,300 hours of film and tape, comprising 1,600 hours of prime-time and over 750 hours of daytime television.” At the time of his retirement, he held the title of Executive Producer and Vice Chairman of Spelling Television.

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