Norman Lear, known for writing shows like Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons, has passed away at 101, a spokesperson for his family said. The five-time Emmy Award winner is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame. His family said, “Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honour of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.”
Paying tribute to the legend, actress Jennifer Aniston took to Instagram and wrote, “Norman Lear. ? His shows shaped my childhood and getting to know him was one of my greatest honors. He made such a difference. A huge impact on television and humanity. He was able to tackle and discuss heated political conversations during difficult and charged times and we were able to laugh and learn. I yearn for those days. When creativity was a learning tool and could inspire people to maybe think just a little bit differently. And of course to laugh. Our greatest source of healing.”
Rita Moreno wrote, “I am cut to the quick and already lonesome for my dear friend, Norman. Our nation has lost a treasured looking glass. By his reflected wit we were disarmed enough to see our wrinkles. And he wasn’t promoting makeup but heart transplants.”
Paying tribute, George Clooney said, “It’s hard to reconcile that at 101 years old, Norman Lear is gone too soon. The entire world of reason just lost its greatest advocate and our family lost a dear friend. A giant walked in his shoes,” BBC reported.
Other shows he wrote include All in the Family, Maude and Good Times. Lear has also won a Peabody Lifetime Achievement Award and the prestigious Carol Burnett Award for lifetime achievement. Lear also produced films like The Sure Thing, Stand by Me, and The Princess Bride.