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Warren, Mark Edward

(born: 1938  -  died: 1999) 

Mark E. Warren was born in Harrodsburg, KY, the son of Mary Wade Warren. He was the director of the television program, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and other television sitcoms such as Sanford and Son, The Dukes of Hazzard, Barney Miller, and What's Happening. He won an Emmy Award in 1971 for Laugh-In, and was the first African American to win the award. He had also done some acting, including playing Hoon Driver in The Big Steal. He directed the movie Come Back Charleston Blue. Warren began his career in Toronto with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was a professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. For more see Who's Who Among African Americans (1999); Who's Who in Entertainment, 2nd ed.; From Beautiful Downtown Burbank by H. Erickson; and "Mark Warren, 60, tv and film director," New York Times, 01/25/1999, p.A21.

  See photo images of Mark Warren in the article "TV's Black Skyrocket: Mark Warren becomes director of 'Laugh-In' in less than two years" in Ebony, April 1970. pp.113-120 [online at Google Books].


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NKAA Source: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in (television program)
NKAA Source: Sanford and Son (television program)
NKAA Source: Dukes of Hazzard. The complete first season (television program)
NKAA Source: Barney Miller. The first season. (television program)
NKAA Source: What's happening (television program)
NKAA Source: Big steal (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Come back Charleston Blue (video)
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: Who's who in entertainment
NKAA Source: From beautiful downtown Burbank : a critical history of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, 1968-1973

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