David Charnay, a onetime journalist, public relations advisor and industrialist who headed Four Star Television Productions from the late 1960s through the early '80s, has died. He was 90.
Charnay, who also wrote novels, died Wednesday of complications from surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In 1967, Charnay led a syndicate that bought controlling interest in Four Star Productions, the prolific television production and distribution company founded in 1955 by several stars, including Dick Powell, David Niven and Charles Boyer.
As president, chief executive and chairman of the board of Four Star, Charnay turned the company into a powerhouse syndicator of its large library of shows, which included "The Rifleman," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "The Rogues" and "The Big Valley."
Born in New York City, Charnay attended Wesleyan University and New York University before going to work as a reporter for the New York Daily News and the New York Daily Mirror. During World War II, he served in the Office of Strategic Services.