Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I. are two of the iconic television series of the 1980s, and now one of the producers responsible for bringing them to the small screen has passed away due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joel Rogosin, who was prolific throughout the entertainment industry for more than four decades, died at the age of 87.
Joel Rogosin died at 87-years-old on Tuesday, April 21 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's nursing facility in Woodland Hills, California. His death is due to complications from coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19. He is the fifth person at the facility to die due to coronavirus complications.
Joel Rogosin got his start in showbiz all the way back in 1957, working as a Columbia Pictures messenger. It only took him until 1961 to begin producing 77 Sunset Strip, which was then the #1 show on TV. Rogosin went on to produce several high-profile projects on the small screen. One of his most acclaimed projects was Ironside, which ran from 1967-1975, about a San Francisco police consultant who was paralyzed from the waist down following a shooting.
He went on to become a producer for two iconic series: Magnum, P.I. (which was rebooted for CBS in 2018) in 1982 and Knight Rider (starring David Hasselhoff) from 1983-1984. Joel Rogosin was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series three times throughout his career. His first and second nominations were for Ironside, in 1970 and 1971. The third was for Magnum, P.I. in 1983. Rogosin was also known for Surfside 6 (1960-1962), The Virginian (1962-1971), Longstreet (1971-1972), and The Blue Knight (1975-1976), among others.
Motion Picture and Television Fund President and CEO Bob Beitcher released a statement (via Variety) honoring Joel Rogosin's legacy in the television industry:
Joel Rogosin is survived by his wife, Deborah, of 67 years, as well as three daughters and five grandchildren. Tragically, Rogosin is the fifth resident at the MPTF facility to die due to coronavirus over the past two weeks. There are 162 residents at MPTF, of whom 16 tested positive for COVID-19. Two are hospitalized, while 14 are in an isolation wing. Nine of the 400 MPTF employees tested positive for COVID-19 as well.
Our thoughts here at CinemaBlend are with the friends, family, and loved ones of Joel Rogosin in this difficult time.
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