Norman S Powell dead: Producer of 24 dies of acute respiratory failure aged 86

The longtime CBS executive Norman S Powell has passed away at the age of 86 a spokesperson for his family has confirmed

Norman S Powell, the producer of shows such as 24 and The New Dick Van Dyke Show, has died at the age of 86.

The longtime CBS executive passed away of acute respiratory failure on June 16.

His passing was confirmed by a spokesperson for his family to Deadline.

His work as a producer brought him two Emmy nominations – one for producing the 1977 ABC miniseries Washington Behind Closed Doors and another for guiding the second season (2002-03) of the Fox drama 24, which starred Kiefer Sutherland.

Norman S Powell

Norman was born into a showbiz family on November 2, 1934, and was the son of Oscar-nominated cinematographer George Barnes and actress Joan Blondell.

His career spanned over six decades and in his 13-year spell at CBS he advanced to senior vp of the network’s Entertainment Productions division.

There, he supervised the development and production of more than 80 telefilms and 11 series.

Some of the shows and TV movies that were created under his watchful eye included the 1981 pilot for Cagney & Lacey, the 1989-96 reality show Rescue 911, which ran for seven years between 1989 and 1996, and a rebooted Twilight Zone in 1985.


His production manager career began in the late 1950s when he worked on TV Westerns as Wanted: Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, and The Rifleman.

He also is credited on productions including TNT’s The Lazarus Man and CBS’ Orleans.

Before his death, Norman was working on a sequel to his 2009 Samuel Goldwyn-Showtime documentary Brothers at War. He also was writing a memoir as a longtime member of the DGA as well as being an active member of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, where he served two terms as chair.

He was also the recipient of the Caucus’ Distinguished Service Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award too. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Levine, and their son Matthew, as well as his children by his first marriage, Sandra and Scott.