Russel Harvey interviews Robert Geller, Peabody Award Winning Executive Producer, 1991, 30 min.
I first knew Robert Geller as the father of Danny Geller, a classmate from Hebrew School at Larchmont Temple. A former high school English teacher, Robert Geller combined his passions for literature and film to bring some of America's greatest written works to television. As Executive Producer (and sometimes Writer) of "The American Short Story" (hosted by Henry Fonda) and other projects on PBS, Robert Geller shared his passions to lure some of the biggest stars from Hollywood to the Hudson, with adaptations of classic tales by Faulkner, Twain, Hemingway, Hawthorne, Thurber, Updike, Fitzgerald and other Great American Writers. The list of actors who shared his vision and were willing to work for a fraction of their usual salaries for a chance to do something significant is impressive. It includes Colleen Dewhurst, Shelley Duvall, Ron Howard, Amy Irving, John Houseman, Blythe Danner, Michael Moriarty, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Preston, Frances Sternhagen, and Jerry Stiller.
LeVar Burton starred in Geller's production of Richard Wright's Almos' a Man one year before his breakout role in Roots, and other actors who appeared in Geller's productions early in their careers include Glenn Close, Samuel L. Jackson, Alexis Arquette, Lindsay Crouse and Eric Roberts.
Geller's 1986 production of Saul Bellow's Seize the Day gave Robin Williams one of his first dramatic roles.
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