Phil Capice dies at 78

Philip Capice, an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning producer who served as president of Lorimar Prods., died peacefully Dec. 30 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78.

At Lorimar, Capice executive produced 200 episodes of “Dallas” and 112 episodes of “Eight Is Enough.”

He earned his Emmy for exec producing “Sybil,” a 1976 telefilm directed by Daniel Petrie that starred Sally Field and Joanne Woodward.

Other producing credits include the miniseries “Studs Lonigan”; telefilms “The Pride of Miss Jane Pittman,” “Helter Skelter” and “A Man Called Intrepid”; and the series “Knots Landing,” “Falcon’s Crest” and “The Blue Knight.”

Capice began his broadcasting career at New York advertising agency Benton & Bowles in 1954, then was director of special programs at CBS from 1969-74, where he developed its Charlie Brown and Dr. Seuss animated features, among other programming.

He moved to Los Angeles to work as vp creative affairs at Lorimar from 1974-78, eventually becoming president of the company in 1978. Capice had an agreement with Lorimar that allowed him to produce programs through his independent company, Raven’s Claw Prods.

He retired in 1986. A native of Bernardsville, N.J., Capice was a member of the TV academy and the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. He is survived by his sisters, Rosemarie, Nancy and Carolyn; his godson, Jonathan; and many nieces and nephews. A mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bernardsville.

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