Aaron Spelling, described by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the most prolific TV drama producer of all time,” has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife Candy was at his bedside as the US television legend died, days after suffering a stroke.
A decorated war veteran, Spelling lifted himself out of poverty to become one of the richest and most powerful men in Hollywood – making shows that entertained people all over the world. His work included “Starsky and Hutch,” “Hart to Hart,” “Dynasty” and “Charlie’s Angels.” “Beverly Hills 90210” famously starred his own daughter, Tori. “My tombstone, my epitaph will be: ‘Tori’s father, Candy’s husband, producer of Charlie’s Angels,’” said Spelling. Few did more than the son of impoverished Russian and Polish immigrants to influence TV viewers’ habits – and perhaps to shape the international view of American culture.