Paul Bogart, Television Director of Plays, Dies at 92

Obituaries   Paul Bogart, Television Director of Plays, Dies at 92
Paul Bogart, a prominent television director who brought a number of well-known plays to the screen, died April 15 in Chapel Hill, NC. He was 92.

Born in Harlem and schooled in The Bronx, Mr. Bogart couldn't afford college, and took a job as a traveling puppeteer. Following service in World War II, he was hired by NBC as a floor manager, and began stage managing the live television programs of that early era. After a while, he graduated to associate director and then director. Over his long career, he worked on talk shows, kiddie programs, sitcoms and dramas. He won five Emmy Awards, including one for a harrowing episode of "All in the Family" in which Edith Bunker fends off a would-be rapist.

Toward the end of his career, he developed a specialization in play adaptations. He directed television movies of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound in 1992 and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles in 1995. One of his few feature film credits was the 1988 screen version of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy.

He is survived by his son Peter and his daughters, Tracy and Jennifer Bogart.

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