Services set for TV producer O’Neill

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He was the greatest man I have ever known. He was a typical man who came home from World War II – worked hard and raised a family. He was a workaholic and he loved his family,” said his son, Dennis O’Neill. Robert Francis O’Neill was born on May 21, 1921, in Hollywood. He was graduated from Loyola High School and Loyola University, now Loyola Marymount University. He served in the Army as a staff sergeant during World War II and participated in D-Day, the Battle of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge, officially known as the Battle of the Ardennes. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marlene; six children, Kathleen Le Brenton, Kevin O’Neill, Steven O’Neill, Maureen Kroman, Dennis O’Neill, Erin Hallisy and seven grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. today and a funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mel Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. He will be buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Donations in his memory can be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718. holly.andres@dailynews.com 818-713-3708 A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday for television producer Robert F. O’Neill, an Emmy and Golden Globes award winner who died from colon cancer Oct. 23 at his West Hills home. He was 86. O’Neill won an Emmy in 1974 for his work on “The NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo.” He won back-to-back Golden Globes in 1985-1986 for “Murder, She Wrote.” He displayed his awards on top of his TV in his family room. “There was almost an aura about Bob. You knew this was a good and decent man. He was a very pious man. Religious, but he didn’t flaunt it,” said actor Ron Masak, the sheriff on “Murder, She Wrote,” who knew O’Neill for more than 20 years. “His faith came through in his work ethnic. He had a hearty laugh and he always brought warmth to the set.” O’Neill’s career in television began in the accounting department at Universal Studios immediately after his discharge from the Army. He worked for a time at Desilu Productions, but the bulk of his career was spent as a producer at Universal Television Studios. He retired in 1996. He was a producer for “Dr. Kildare,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Invisible Man,” “Memories Never Die,” “Darkroom,” “Wheels,” “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Thirteenth Day,” “Evening in Byzantium” and “Beg, Borrow or Steal.” last_img

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