Roger Gimbel

Roger Gimbel (March 11, 1925 – April 26, 2011) was an American television producer who specialized in television movies. Many of Gimbel’s television films dealt with real-life events, including Chernobyl: The Final Warning, S.O.S. Titanic, The Amazing Howard Hughes and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Often, Gimbel’s films also focused on serious societal problems, including mental illness, war and domestic abuse. Gimbel produced more than 50 television films and specials, which earned eighteen Emmy Awards.

Gimbel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 11, 1925, into the family who owned the Gimbels department store. His parents were Julia (née de Fernex Millhiser) and the Col. Richard Gimbel, U.S.A.F. He enrolled at Yale University, where he studied economics. Gimbel served as a member of the Army Air Forces in Italy during World War II.

In 1973, Gimbel won an Emmy with George Schaefer for their work as the executive producers of A War of Children, which centered on Protestant and Catholic friends during the Northern Ireland conflict. His other credits as producer include Queen of the Stardust Ballroom in 1975, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman in 1974, The Amazing Howard Hughes in 1977, Chernobyl: The Final Warning in 1991, The Glass House, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Shattered Dreams and Tell Me Where It Hurts.

Gimbel was married three times. His first marriage ended in divorce; his second wife, Nancy Straus Gimbel, died in 1972. In 1976, Gimbel married his third wife, actress Jennifer Warren. Roger Gimbel died from pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on April 26, 2011, at the age of 86. He was survived by three children with his second wife Jeff, Stephen Martin (predeceased), Sam and Liza; and a son, Barney, with Warren.