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PASSINGS / Harvey Frand

'Battlestar Galactica' producer

August 02, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Harvey Frand, 68, an Emmy Award-winning producer of the science-fiction series "Battlestar Galactica," died July 23 in Los Angeles after a brief hospitalization for respiratory problems.

As one of the producers of "Battlestar Galactica," which ended its four-season run on the Sci Fi Channel (now called Syfy) in March, Frand shared two AFI Awards, an Emmy and a Peabody Award. He recently was nominated for a second Emmy.

Among Frand's credits as a producer are "The Lazarus Man," "The Pretender" and the 1980s version of "The Twilight Zone." He also produced more than 20 TV pilots and movies of the week, and was a producer of the 1975 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth."

Born Oct. 3, 1940, in Philadelphia, Frand studied political science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a master's degree.

He began his television career working at NBC News and later was an executive for Warner Bros., where he oversaw production on the 1970s David Janssen series "Harry O."

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