Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling


4/22/1923, Dallas, Texas



Birth Name

Aaron F. Spelling


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Aaron Spelling was born in Dallas, Texas, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents, and attended Forest Avenue High School. After serving with the United States Army Air Forces, he attended Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1949. He married actress Carolyn Jones in 1953, and they moved to California. Spelling…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1999, Aaron was honored with the Britannia Award in the category of Excellence in Television at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.

    • In 2005, Aaron was honored with the Pioneer Award at the TV Land Awards.

    • In 2000, Aaron was nominated for a Career Achievement Award at the Television Critics Association Awards.

    • In 2000, the Costume Designers Guild Awards honored Aaron with the Distinguished Director Award.

    • Aaron's company, Spelling Entertainment owns World Vision, Hamilton Projects and Republic Pictures. Spelling Entertainment also owns a software company called Virgin Interactive.

    • Aaron had many business partners including E. Duke Vincent and Leonard Goldberg.

    • Barbara Stanwyck was his daughter, Tori's godmother.

    • Aaron's mentor was Dick Powell, who like Aaron suffered from throat cancer due to their heavy smoking.

    • Aaron was friends with Nolan Miller, Dominick Dunne and Lawrence Gordon.

    • Aaron has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the motion picture category. Aaron's star is located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.

    • In 1985 Aaron became vice-chairman of Spelling Entertainment, Inc., and chairman of its subsidiary, Spelling Television.

    • After Aaron wrote his first pilot he became a producer for Four Star Productions.

    • He started as a writer and sold his first script to the Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre back in 1955.

    • Aaron has helped make household names for many actors of his shows over the years including; Jamie Luner, Joan Collins, Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross, and George Eads.

    • Aaron tried to buy the rights to Degrassi Junior High when it was on, so he could produce the show in the U.S., but his offer was turned down and Aaron ended up creating Beverly Hills 90210 instead.

    • Aaron worked with both Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano on two of his other shows, Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place respectively. Ironically both times Shannen left the show after only a few seasons, and being replaced with another main character.

    • At the end of every Season 11 episode, of 7th Heaven ended with these words in the closing credits: "In Memory of Aaron Spelling".

    • Website, TV Series Finale announced that 7th Heaven's second series finale, on May 13, 2007, will be dedicated to the late Aaron Spelling.

    • Aaron's show 7th Heaven is the longest running of them all and the longest running family show on television, but Sunset Beach has the most amount of episodes.

    • Reportedly, estranged daughter Tori Spelling reconciled with her father shortly before he fell ill. She found out along with the rest of the public that her father had passed away.

    • He worked in some capacity on almost 200 productions.

    • He often emphasized that his favorite project of all time was 7th Heaven.

    • The public was not allowed to attend Spelling's funeral held several days after his death. Aaron was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in L.A.

    • In 2004, he was portrayed by Dan Castellaneta in the NBC film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels.

    • Aaron became partners with Danny Thomas to create Thomas-Spelling Productions. In 1972, he created Spelling-Goldberg Productions with Leonard Goldberg. He then created Spelling Entertainment, Inc. which went public in 1986.

    • He suffered a stroke on June 18, 2006 and was hospitalized. On June 23, he passed away.

    • He was a lifelong smoker before being diagnosed with oral cancer in 2001.

    • Four of his shows (and counting) have been made into theatrical films.

    • He holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific television producer.

    • He used to be a cheerleader.

    • He had so many shows on ABC in the 1970s, people in the business joked that ABC stood for Aaron's Broadcasting Company.

    • He graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1945.

    • He took the name 'Jerry Lane' during World War II.

    • He suffered from fear of flying.

    • His 6-acre mansion "The Manor" at 594 Mapleton Drive in Bel Air, California has 123 rooms, a bowling alley, swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis court, screening room and four 2-car garages. Spelling bought the property in 1983, including a house that had belonged to Bing Crosby. He demolished the Crosby house and built the largest single-family home in California.

    • He wrote an autobiography entitled A Prime Time Life, which was published in 1996.

    • He was mentioned in the movie Legally Blonde. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) says, "I grew up in Bel-Air, across the street from Aaron Spelling."

    • He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in 1963 for The Dick Powell Show.

    • He has won two Emmys, Outstanding Made for TV Movie (1994) for And the Band Played On and Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (1989) for Day One. He received nominations for Outstanding Drama Series for Family in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and for Dynasty in 1982.

  • Quotes

    • Aaron: If your pilot does something that either sends somebody to jail or to hell, then you know what the pilot is. If your pilot is dealing with someone who just made a terrible mistake and is sorry for it, then you don't know if your pilot is going to work or not. It's really crazy.

    • Aaron: I'm basically a writer. I never wanted to be a producer. Dick Powell made me a producer, because I was writing his host spots on Zane Grey Theater.

    • Aaron: I think you reach so many people, and so many different people. We have to be very careful of that out here in Hollywood because if you saw the list of parties we are invited to here, and if you scan that list, it's always that higher, higher echelon, you never really get to know real people.

    • Aaron: I think there are two ways to depict a family. One is what it's really like, and one is what the audience would like it to be. Between you and me, I think the second one is what I would prefer.

    • Aaron: I think our shows are entertaining. I think that they're clean. I hate to talk about that, but, boy, where some of the shows are going today, it's amazing. I'm ashamed of my wife seeing some of these shows, much less making them. I don't even want the cast of my shows to see some of those other shows.

    • Aaron: I think our business is really different. I don't know, there's no way to express it.

    • Aaron: I don't travel by airplane. I mean that because when my wife, my kids and I travel on trains or boats, we meet a lot of people and we talk to them.

    • Aaron: I don't remember a drama on TV that had shown a couple could be married but still love each other very much, spend every day as if they were still on their honeymoon, be sensuous, and have fun together.

    • Aaron: I can kid around and say it's entertainment and everybody likes our shows, but we have something else at stake. This is a chance to teach-not preach, teach.

    • Aaron: Family, many, many years ago, was a simple, correct family, and now I think if you're going to do a family show, you'd better make sure your characters are liked by the families watching, that's it. And now it's more about issues that confront families and their kids, and those are very important issues.

    • Aaron: Even a cop show was an anthology. I miss that, I miss it a lot. I don't know why they're not successful anymore; people just won't try them.

    • Aaron: As a writer, I was writing for the Jane Wyman Theater, that was an anthology, and The Dick Powell Show was an anthology, and then the Danny Thomas Hour, and then Playhouse 90.

    • Aaron: A show that no one thought had a chance has just finished its fifth year: Charmed. I think it's tougher for the younger networks, so I think they have a little more patience for the sake of the show. But who knows?

    • Aaron: I must tell you, I haven't done the drug problem that is faced by cops and people on the border. It's a hard show to do, but I think it's going to say a lot about drugs and the problems related to them. I just hope people can watch it, it's a pretty strong show.

    • Aaron: I love my wife, she deserves anything and everything.

    • Aaron: I love giving time to gay actors, gay characters; I think it's wrong to say, You don't exist. I like diversity in shows, and I must say, the networks are really selling that, finally. African Americans, Latinos, diversity, diversity. Even love scenes, I'm pleasantly surprised that we've come that far.

    • Aaron: But, I don't know, the violence, I can't even talk about. We don't do a lot of violent shows. When I started in television, breaking a pencil was a violent act.

    • Aaron: Wow, you're saying better things than I am, and this is my interview!

    • Aaron: On a gay situation, I think we set a trend too. I remember how Blake Carrington in Dynasty hated his son being gay. And the son finally moved out and Blake was mean to his son's lover, but in the last show, I'll never forget that, Blake visited the apartment his son and his lover were living in. They were expecting trouble and hell, but nothing happened and he kissed his son.

    • Aaron: I think detail is just paying attention. Would she say that? Would he say that? Why is he saying that? That's the detail.

  • he's great

    Aaron Spelling was one of the great’s television produces of the time. He produces some of the greats such as “Charmed”, “Charlie’s Angles”, “The Love Boat” and “Starsky and Hutch”. He even acted him self. He married twice and had two children. The actors and actress were also a part of his family he always took the time to get to know them, which was a good thing so he always knew whom he wanted in his show, and witch role would best suit him. Aaron Spelling’s death took a manger in packed on television. He will always be remembered.moreless
  • He was a talented producer and person to see on telesion. I wonder with his if it hurts seventh heaven.

    Aaron was great man to see tv. His family and co-work miss daerly image. Will his son take producing seventh heaven. The episode done shooting already will it be decated in Aaron Memories. He was a talented producer and person to see on telesion. I wonder with his if it hurts seventh heaven.