Bob Markell is confirmed dead at the age of 95.
Bob was best known as a American television producer (The Defenders).
Bob Markell
Robert Joseph Markell

(1924-04-12)April 12, 1924
DiedJanuary 25, 2020 (aged 95)
Other namesBob Markel
Robert Markel
Robert Markell
OccupationArt director, television producer
Years active1950—1992
Robert Joseph "Bob" Markell (April 12, 1924 - January 25, 2020) was an artist, engineer, and award-winning television producer and art director of television series, movies and mini-series.
1 Early life and education
2 Film career
2.1 Executive producer roles
2.2 Producer roles
2.3 Art director roles
3 Later life
4 References
5 External links
Early life and education
Robert Markell was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 12, 1924. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1944 and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in 1965 from Northeastern University. After college, Markell worked for the Grumman Aircraft Company in 1944-1946 as a civil engineer and architect in Boston until 1948. In 1948, he became a student at the Art Students League in New York City.
Film career
Markell began his film career as a scenic designer at CBS-TV, where he worked from 1949 to 1959. During that time, he also had the opportunities to take on art director roles, one of which landed him an Emmy. From 1959 to 1960, he was the associate producer for Playhouse 90. He moved on to produce the classic TV courtroom drama The Defenders during the years 1961-65, winning two Emmy awards. Between 1967 and 1969, he produced the popular television show NYPD, starring Jack Warden, Robert Hooks and Frank Converse. NYPD featured one of the earliest performances by Al Pacino, who guest starred as a bigoted southerner. In 1973, he became the executive producer of dramatic programs for CBS-TV. Markell received Emmy awards in 1954, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1976, and the Screen Producers Guild Award in 1962 and 1963.
"We were free to do anything we wanted, to say anything we wanted. And we weren't afraid of being fired or anything like that. We kind of knew our limits so we weren't that extravagant. The Golden Age of Television was an age where everybody was learning. There were no experts, so there was nobody to tell us what to do." -Bob Markell
Executive producer roles
Nicky's World (1974)
Dain Curse (1978)
Bicentennial Minutes (1974-1976)
Word (1979)
You Can't Go Home Again (1979)
If Tomorrow Comes (1986)
At Mother's Request (1987)
Producer roles
Playhouse 90 (1959-1960)
NYPD (1967-1969)
Dr. Cook's Garden (1971)
Tattered Web (1972)
Murder Once Removed (1972)
Settle the Score (1990)
Art director roles
You Are There (1954)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Later life
Since retiring from his film career, Markell spent his time painting and printmaking. He experimented in etching, monoprints, oil and acrylic paintings, and was known for his studies of the nude figure on the East End of the Island. His work has been on display in numerous exhibits, galleries, and the Brooklyn Museum.
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