American television legend Arthur Forrest, known for his work on long-running hit shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and That’s Incredible!, passed away on October 25. He was 95. Marcy Forrest, Arthur’s wife, confirmed the news of his demise to U. S. media. Born in 1926 in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Forrest did college at the New York University (NYU) and landed a janitor's job at DuMont Network’s studio. In a career spanning 75 years, Forrest soon learned the tricks in the trade and got promoted from janitor to page, and later from page to studio assistant, before turning cameraman on The Honeymooners and Captain Video. Forrest worked for New York’s Channel 5 after leaving DuMont and went on to direct the highly-popular children’s show Wonderama. He continued till 1973 before turning director for late night's Dick Cavett Show.
Forrest moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and garnered a reputation for himself in live television with ABC’s reality show That’s Incredible! and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, including game shows like The Money Maze and Matchmaker. He also won Emmy Awards for his work on daytime talk shows like Leeza and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. For more than 40 years, Forrest also served as a producer and director on Jerry Lewis’ nationally-syndicated Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which featured episodes like the live reunion of Dean Martin and Lewis, and was organized in secret by Frank Sinatra and Forrest.
Arthur Forrest also collaborated with NBC from 1977 to 2017 on the annual Tournament of the Roses Parade. He announced his retirement from the industry in 2017 at the age of 90, with 17 Emmy nominations and three Emmy awards over his career. He is survived by his wife, Marcy; their children, Zak and Nicole; his son-in-law, Steve Byers; his grandchildren, Max and Dahlia; his son from a previous marriage, Richard Forrest and his step-son, Kyle Cascioli.
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