NBC legend Grant Tinker dead at 91

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

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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LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1966: Mary Tyler Moore with husband Grant Tinker attends an event in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband, Grant Tinker, at the Criterion Theatre for the premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker during Mary Tyler Moore Sighting at CBS-TV Studios - January 18, 1972 at CBS-TV Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
STUDIO CITY, CA - MARCH 15: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband producer Grant Tinker attend the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Luncheon to Honor Sheldon Leonard on March 15, 1974 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
circa 1975: American actor Mary Tyler Moore, in a black dress and choker, and her second husband, American television executive Grant Tinker, standing beside each other and smiling. Tinker is wearing a tuxedo. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker during The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 31: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and television executive Grant Tinker attend the Opening Night Performance of Lily Tomlin's One-Woman Show 'Appearing Nightly' on January 31, 1978 at Huntington Hartford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 8: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and television executive Grant Tinker attend the 18th Annual International Broadcasting Awards on March 8, 1978 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and television executive Grant Tinker attend the National Conference of Christians and Jews' 16th Annual Entertainment Industries Humanitarian Award Dinner Honoring Walter Cronkite on September 17, 1979 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore during Mary Tyler Moore Sighting at Chasen's Restaurant - September 19, 1979 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Grant Tinker during Grant Tinker Photographed in His Office at Business Office in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - AUGUST 17: Actress Betty White and television executive Grant Tinker attend the Book Party for 'Betty White's Pet Love' on August 17, 1983 at Hunter's Bookstore in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Grant Tinker in a publicity portrait from the television series 'Mary', 1985. (Photo by CBS/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Grant Tinker is photographed December 12, 1985 at a press conference in New York City to announce General Electric Corporation will purchase RCA Corporation, parent of the NBC television network, for 6.28 billion dollars in cash. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD,CA - AUGUST 22: Television executive Grant Tinker on August 22, 1986 dines at Spago in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - JANUARY 8: Television executive Grant Tinker and date attend the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Presents the Fifth Annual Television Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony on January 8, 1989 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - DECEMBER 14: Television executive Grant Tinker attends the Hollywood Women's Press Club's 46th Annual Golden Apple Awards on December 14, 1986 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Producer Grant Tinker and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend the 13th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 1, 1997 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 11: Grant Tinker prepares for a round of golf at the 6th Annual Academy of Arts and Sciences Celebrity Golf Classic April 11, 2005, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Hayes/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Television executive Grant Tinker attends The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 15th Annual Hall of Fame ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel on November 6, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) (L-R) Writer Stan Daniels, writer Stephen J. Cannell and producer Grant Tinker attend the Writers Guild Foundation unveils their new library with a champagne reception at the Writers Guild of America on June 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
GRANT TINKER -- Pictured: Grant Tinker (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Grant Tinker and guest during Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Ceremony - Arrivals at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
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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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