Television Producer, Director, Cinematographer. He will be best remembered for his work as a producer of the variety television series "Your Hit Parade," in 1950, and from 1952 to 1956. He also produced or directed many other variety shows, game shows, films, documentaries, and plays, which led him to work with such celebrities as Patti Duke, Mary Martin, Judy Garland, Debbie Reynolds, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and many others. He was born William Arthur Colleran to Charles Bernard Colleran and his wife Kathryn Agatha Scanlan Colleran in Edgerton Beach Park, Wisconsin. He was educated locally, attended college, and then began his career working with 20th Century Fox. During World War II, he put his career on hold and served with the United States Navy. He then became the assistant director to Louis de Rochemont and worked on the films, "Boomerang" (1947), and "Lost Boundaries" (1949), a film about racism which tells the true story of Scott Carter and Marsha Carter played by actress Beatrice Pearson and Mel Ferrer. In 1960, he was in a serious automobile accident but was able to return to his career after his recovery shortly thereafter. Besides, "Your Hit Parade" (1950, 1952 to 1956), his other television, producer, and cinematographer credits include, "The Patti Page Show" in 1955, "The Polly Bergen Show" in 1957, "The Bing Crosby Special" in 1958 and 1959, "The Bing Crosby Show" in 1959, "Bing Crosby And Dean Martin Present High Hopes" in 1959, "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra" in 1959, "The Bell Telephone Hour" in 1959, "The Dupont Show Of The Week" in 1957 and 1961, "The Judy Garland Show" in 1963 and 1964 (as Executive Producer of the show he was instrumental in bringing it from a variety program into a pure concert broadcast), "The Dean Martin Show" in 1965, "The Farmer's Daughter" in 1965, "The Patty Duke Show" in 1965, "Honey West" in 1965, and "Mary Martin At Eastertime" in 1965. Besides his films, "Boomerang" (1947, assistant to producer Louis de Rochemont), "Lost Boundaries" (1949, assistant to producer Louis de Rochemont), "A Date With Debbie" (1960, producer and director), he also worked on the Documentary film, "Windjammer: The Voyage Of The Christian Radich" (1958, documentary director), which was a wide-screen chronicle of the 17,000-mile cruise of a Norwegian training vessel, and a Broadway play, "Hamlet" (1964, which starred Richard Burton and Hume Cronyn, and staged by John Gielgud). He lastly worked on the production staff for two episodes of the television game show "Wordplay" from 1986 to 1987. He was married to the actress Lee Remick from August 3, 1959, until they were divorced on November 23, 1968. Together they had two children, Katherine Lee "Kate" Colleran Sullivan born on January 1, 1959, and Matt Colleran born on June 7, 1961, who is an actor and film sound recordist. He passed away from complications related to a stroke in Woodland Hills, California, on June 15, 2000, at the age of 77, and he was laid to rest at the All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, California.
Bio by: Peterborough K
1935–1991 (m. 1957)