Emmy-Winning TV and Film Writer Hal Kanter Dies at 92

His credits included “The Rose Tattoo” and “Pocketful of Miracles”

Prolific screenwriter and producer Hal Kanter has died. He was 92 years old. 

The cause was complications from pneumonia, his daughter Donna Kanter told the Los Angeles Times.

In a career that spanned six decades, Kanter wrote the screenplays for a number of memorable films such as "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), "Let's Make Love" (1960), and the Elvis Presley vehicle "Blue Hawaii" (1961). 

He mixed comedies and dramas, and also adapted Tennessee Williams' play "The Rose Tattoo" (1955) into an acclaimed feature film and wrote one of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's signature "Road" pictures, "Road to Bali" (1952). 

Though never nominated for an Oscar, Kanter won two of his three Emmy awards for his writing on Academy Awards broadcasts. He wrote for the awards show for decades.

He won another Emmy in 1955 for his work on "The George Gobel Show." 

Kanter's television career also included stints as a producer and writer on shows such as "All in the Family," and "Chico and the Man."

Among his directing credits are episodes of "The Jimmy Stewart Show" and "Julia," as well as the TV movies "For the Love of It" and "Three Coins in the Fountain." 

Kanter is survived by his wife, writer Doris Kanter; his daughters, Donna Kanter, Lisa Kanter Shafer and Abigail Kanter Jaye; his sister, Saralea Emerson; and a granddaughter.