Leonard Katzman
Leonard Katzman
Leonard Katzman
General Information
Born: September 2, 1927
Birthplace: New York City, NY, U.S.
Died: September 2, 1995(1995-09-02) (aged 68)
Deathplace: Malibu, CA, U.S.
Occupation: TV/film producer. director and screenwriter
Years active: 1940's - 1996
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Dallas:J.R. Returns (1996 TV film)
Job in series/film: (on Dallas (first series)) (producer - 191 episodes, Seasons 1-5)
(executive producer - 133 episodes, Seasons 5-14)
Director, 71 episodes
Executive producer, writer (teleplay) for Dallas: J.R. Returns

leonard Katzman (born September 2, 1927-died September 5, 1996) wore multiple hats in the production of the original CBS-TV series Dallas; firstly, in addition to serving as a line producer for the first five seasons, then as executive producer for the final nine, Leonard also wrote 55, and directed 71 of the 357 episodes. He was nominated twice for Primetime Emmy Awards his writing for the series, first in 1978, with Philip Capice, then in 1990, with Capica, once again, this time along with Lee Rich, for the "Who Shot J.R.?" episodes. He also served as the executive producer and penned the teleplay for the 1996 CBS-TV movie special Dallas:J.R. Returns.


In 1978, Katzman served as producer for the five-part miniseries Dallas, which would evolve into one of television's longest running dramas, lasting until 1991. While the series was created by David Jacobs, Katzman became the de facto show runner during the second season of the show, as Jacobs stepped down to create and later run Dallas spin-off series Knots Landing. Under Katzman's lead, Dallas, whose first episodes had consisted of self-contained stories, evolved into a serial, leading into the '80s trend of prime time soap operas.[1]


Sharing a laugh with "Dallas" co-star Patrick Duffy, 1990.

Larry Hagman Leonard Katzman Pallas Press Party

With "Dallas" co-star Larry Hagman, at wrap party, mid 1980's.

While Katzman headed Dallas' writing staff from the show's second season, he remained producer, with Philip Capice serving as executive producer. The creative conflicts between Capice and Katzman eventually led to Katzman stepping down from his production duties on the show for season nine, instead being billed as "creative consultant" (during this time he also worked on the short-lived drama series Our Family Honor). However, increased production costs[1] and decreasing ratings[2] caused production company Lorimar—along with series star Larry Hagman (J. R. Ewing)[3]—to ask Katzman to return to the show in his old capacity. Katzman agreed, reportedly under the condition that he would have "total authority" on the show,[1] and as of the tenth season premiere he was promoted to executive producer, and Capice was let go.

Katzman remained as executive producer on "Dallas" until the series finale in May 1991. Besides his production work, he also wrote and directed more episodes of the series than anyone else.


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