Top Executive and Producer Dies at 74

( – The world said goodbye to several stars in 2023, including Matthew Perry, Lisa Marie Presley, and Tina Turner. So far, 2024 isn’t looking much better with the passage of Toby Keith, Glynis Johns, and Joyce Randolph. Sadly, longtime television network and studio executive and producer Jonathan Axelrod recently died at 74.

On June 18, entertainment company Deadline Hollywood reported that it confirmed the prolific film producer/executive’s death after speaking with one of his former wives, Katy Garretson, a television producer and director. She said Axelrod died peacefully in his sleep. He was married two other times.

Axelrod launched his career as the executive producer for a 1991 episode of “Hollywood Detective,” a short-lived television series aired on the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E). He followed up by operating behind the scenes to produce 24 television mini-series, series, and movies.

The longtime producer and executive producer is best known for his work on the television series “Dave’s World.” Based on the writings of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, the program aired on CBS from September 1993 to June 1997. He is also known for his work on the CBS sitcom “Can’t Hurry Love” (1995 to 1996) and Hallmark’s “Garage Sale Mysteries” (2013 to 2020).

Axelrod was born in New York City on July 9, 1949. His birth father, Arthur Stanton, was Chairman of World-Wide Volkswagen. Several of his family members worked in the entertainment industry. His grandmother (on his stepfather’s side), Betty Carpenter, starred as an actress in several movies, including “Such a Little Queen” (1921) and “Cardigan” (1922).

His stepfather, George Axelrod, was a writer and producer. He was best known for his contributions to “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962).

His mother, Joan Axelrod, starred in “The Next Best Thing” (2000). His sister, Nina Axelrod, is an actress and casting director known for her work on “Motel Hell” (1980), “Firestarter” (1984), and “Cobra” (1986).

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