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Merv Adelson

23 October 1929 to 8 September 2015

An American producer who made his fortune in 1950s Las Vegas, Adelson moved into television in 1969, co-founding Lorimar. The production company is widely credited with inventing the American prime-time soap opera through shows including The Waltons (1971-1981), Dallas (1978-1991), Knots Landing (1979-1993) and Falcon Crest (1981-1990).

Read Merv Adelson's Telegraph obituary here