Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Grant Tinker Dead at 91- NBC TV Legend & WWII Veteran - During World War II, Tinker served in the Army Air Forces Reserve

PHOTO: A young Mary Tyler Moore & Grant Tinker, "The Sinker" 

Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 91.
Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as CheersFamily Ties and The Cosby Show. With onetime wife Mary Tyler Moore, he also formed production shingle MTM Enterprises, which produced the likes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and its spinoff Rhoda), The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. He would eventually be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.
“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” CEO of NBCUniversal Steve Burke said in a statement. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
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Today show anchor Matt Lauer announced Tinker’s passing on Wednesday’s broadcast (embedded below). A cause of death has not been reported.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Army Air Forces Reserves?
Does this mean Tink was stateside and checked tire pressure
In Air Mail planes?
Things were pretty bad on the set of Hill Street Blues. They once
Arrested a guy singing in the streets and dubbed him "Vic da Moaner"
Oh yeah and one of the Detectives had to go to the Puzzle Factory from
All the stress, jump shots, dolly shots, hand-held cameras. They only cared
About the ratings.

Anonymous said...

I bet she tastes good.

Anonymous said...

MTM was a hottie....any donkey punching comments??

Aldo Raine said...

MTM was so fucking hot back in the day. I think I'll rub one out to her momentarily. And sorry, Keesing Bandit... "Tinker" in the headline wasn't meant to give you the vapors.

Anonymous said...

A man's man. Dude plowed some heavy duty actresses in his prime. RIP

Anonymous said...

I want to donkey punch Mary Tyler Moore's fart box.

Anonymous said...

TV sucks. be somebody fight the communists in the streets.

Col. Lingus said...

"A cause of death has not been reported."

He was 91 years old for chrissake. A cause of life at that age is what's interesting.

Anonymous said...

They got divorced because every time Grant donkey punched her fart box, she keep yelling :ooooohhhh Rob!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mary Tyler Moore was into radiator hose. Grant Tinker? The name says it all. MTM was a beard.

Henny Youngman said...

They say back in the day, he got more ass then a toilet seat.

I'm here all week, try the veal.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a velvet tux on Tinker,
Who is either perked up on a Benzedrine Inhaler
Or wearing a back brace, ala JFK

Anonymous said...

This guy's dirt nap was long overdue, fuck um, fuck um all !

Anonymous said...

Cause of death? "Old as Fuck" on the death certificate!!

Anonymous said...

Mary Tyler Moore...yum, yum and yum.

Anonymous said...

I bet she a big fluffy bush.....