Iconic Game Show Producer Bob Stewart Dies
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Bob Stewart, the creator and producer behind such classic game show fare as “The Price is Right” and “The $10,000 Pyramid,” has died.
Stewart was 91.
He died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.
Stewart retired in 1992 but remained a creative consultant to his company now headed by son Sande Stewart.
He was also responsible for shows like “To Tell the Truth” and “Password.”
Born Isidore Steinberg in Brooklyn, New York in 1920, Stewart’s early career began as a radio producer.
After a stint with Goodson-Todman, the preeminent TV producers of their day in afternoon programming, Stewart set out on his own in 1964 and formed his own production company.
He developed several shows but few of them caught on with the exception of a Bill Cullen-hosted show called “Three on a Match.”
In 1973, he sold “$10,000 Pyramid” to CBS with Dick Clark as host. “Pyramid” was an immediate smash, won a boatload of Emmys and spun off several versions.
Until he was surpassed in 2006 by “Jeopardy’s” Harry Friedman, Stewart had the most daytime Emmys of any game show producer.
He was inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Other Stewart shows include “Jackpot!,” “Winning Streak” and “Chain Reaction.”