We mourn the death of actor Dick Van Patten (Dec. 9, 1928 - June 23, 20150). On June 6, 2012, he was interviewed for American Masters – Mel Brooks: Make A Noise (2013). In this never before seen outtake, Van Patten recalls the first time he met Mel Brooks in a Sunday tennis match with Mel, Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, and Gene Wilder.
Today, Loki Films and THIRTEEN’s American Masters series announced they are co-producing a new documentary about television legend Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922). American Masters: Norman Lear (w.t.) is expected to premiere on PBS during Fall 2016. Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom.
In this film outtake, Sledge recollects growing up in Leighton, Alabama, his love for Elvis Presley and country singers, and his youthful musical performances. Sledge, whose best known classic hit is “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 73.
Peabody Award-winning journalist Bob Simon (1941 - 2015) details his career path as young man, from the foreign service to the United Nations to his first job as a broadcast journalist, for CBS news.
A magician, playwright, Hollywood icon, classical musician, author, tennis champion and photographer have at least this in common: they are all in the 2015 line-up of the award-winning series, American Masters.
For the 10th time and in the year of its 200th episode, American Masters has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series. The representative film for this 2014 Emmy Award is Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love. American Masters also won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming for Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin'.
On the occasion of Maya Angelou's memorial, the makers of American Masters: Maya Angelou (w.t.) share one of their favorite poems by Angelou, “Still I Rise.”
At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, she was participating in the first feature documentary about her life for the American Masters series, Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet. Co-directors/producers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack last interviewed Dr. Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) this past January and production on the film continues. We look forward to her taking her rightful place in […]
A long-time producer and filmmaker for PBS who has also worked on programs for HBO and other cable networks, Kantor has created a number of award-winning programs with WNET. Kantor’s six-part series Broadway: The American Musical was hosted by Julie Andrews and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series.
In honor of Women's History Month, American Masters revisits women in its documentary archive.