NBC legend Grant Tinker dead at 91

Ryan Schwartz

Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 91.

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Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as Cheers, Family 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.

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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.

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