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Marty Krofft, co-creator of hit children’s TV shows, dies of kidney failure at 86




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Marty Krofft, co-producer of iconic children’s television shows such as “HR Pufnstuf” and “Land of the Lost,” died Saturday afternoon in California, his representative announced. He was 86 years old.

Krofft died of kidney failure in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends, his publicist B. Harlan Boll said in a statement.

He and his brother Sid Krofft are known for their work creating hit children’s television shows that spanned generations in the 1970s.

The duo was already known for their puppet shows when NBC asked them to produce a Saturday morning children’s series. This became “HR Pufnstuf”, who established himself as a fan-favorite character at their concerts.

“Its success gave birth to a feature film, produced with Universal Pictures as partner and distributor,” wrote his representative.

Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures became a household name in the 1970s, helping them launch into the creation and production of family and children’s programming for over 50 years. Eventually, Marty Krofft would be nicknamed the “King of Saturday Morning.”

Krofft and his brother are the brains behind such television shows as “The Bugaloos,” “Lidsville,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” “Pryor’s Place,” “Far Out Space Nuts,” “The Lost Saucer,” The Krofft Supershow. », “Wonderbug”, “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl”, “Dr. Shrinker” and “Bigfoot & Wildboy”.

Then, in the late ’80s, Krofft and his brother created and produced the satirical series “DC Follies,” which featured a cast of life-size puppets portraying figures such as Richard Nixon and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show, which ran for two seasons from 1987 to 1989 in prime time, became a hit with politicians as well as the public.

After appearing in a feature film on CBS in 1988, Krofft created a series of live shows called “Comedy Kings” for the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Other prime-time shows include ABC’s “Donny & Marie Show,” “The Brady Bunch Hour” and “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.”

The Krofft Brothers received the Lifetime Career Award at the Saturn Awards in 2003 for creating some of these most iconic fantasy television shows.

In 2018, they received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The couple received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2020 in recognition of their “golden anniversary.”

Most recently, Krofft received the annual Julie Award at Dragon Con 2023 in Atlanta.

Marty Krofft is survived by brothers Harry Krofft and Sid Krofft; his daughters Deanna Krofft-Pope, Kristina and Kendra Krofft; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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