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Linwood Boomer
Born (1955-10-09) October 9, 1955 (age 65)
OccupationActor, writer, producer, director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Tracy Katsky
Children4

Linwood Boomer (born October 9, 1955) is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, and former actor. He is known for playing the role of Adam Kendall on the drama Little House on the Prairie, and for creating the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

Early life

Boomer was born into a lower-middle class family in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the third of four sons. He was enrolled in a gifted program at school. His mother is named Eileen. He was the middle child in his household. Boomer made a show based on his life story called Malcolm in the Middle, which ran on FOX from January 2000 to May 2006.

Career

Boomer began his career as an actor. After playing Adam Kendall on Little House on the Prairie, Boomer began focusing his talents on the behind-the-scenes aspects of television.

Boomer's writing and executive producing credits include Night Court, Flying Blind, The Boys Are Back, Townies, 3rd Rock from the Sun and God, the Devil and Bob. He also created and executive produced the pilots Family Business, Nice Try, and the U.S. version of Red Dwarf, and served as an executive producer under James L. Brooks for the pilot of Big. He also owns his own production company Satin City.

Boomer negotiated with CBS on a pilot order for a project that reunited him with Gail Berman, the exec who shepherded Malcolm during her tenure at Regency TV and as programming chief at Fox. Boomer wrote the script and exec produced along with Berman and Lloyd Braun for their BermanBraun shingle and Universal Media Studios, where BermanBraun is based. Dubbed The Karenskys, the multi-camera comedy would revolve around a daughter's return to the fold of her large, eccentric, ethnic family after her husband takes a job in her hometown. It was directed by Pamela Fryman and starred Annie Potts, Desi Lydic, Jack Thompson, Mather Zickel, Sasha Alexander, Tinsley Grimes, & Todd Stashwick.[1]

Malcolm in the Middle

Although Boomer has created, produced and acted in many television series, he is best known for creating the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, which was based on his life story. The debut episode of the series was watched by 22.5 million viewers, and the second episode was watched by 26 million viewers. The series ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2006 and in total had 151 episodes. Boomer wrote two episodes, starting with "Pilot" and then "Francis Escapes" and directed five episodes -- "Opera," "Stilts," "Reese vs. Stevie," "Bride of Ida," and the series finale, "Graduation." Boomer received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the pilot episode.

Awards and nominations

Wins

Nominations

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Suddenly, Love Dave Busby TV movie
1980 Hawaii Five-O Nick Zano episode: The Flight of the Jewels
1978-1981 Little House on the Prairie Adam Kendall 35 episodes
1982 The Love Boat Doug Bridges episode: The Return of the Captain's Lady/Love Ain't Illegal/The Irresistible Man
1983 Fantasy Island Alex Weston episode: Eternal Flame/A Date with Burt
1983 Voyagers! Dr. Thomas A. Watson episode: Barriers of Sound
1985 The Young and the Restless Jared Markson Episode dated 8 April 1985
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Loan Shark (as Enzo Stussi) episode: Graduation
2018 Santa Clarita Diet Mr. Whetherton episode: The Queen of England

References

  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 7, 2008). "Boomer back on track with Berman". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2018.