Albert Freedman, Central Figure in a Quiz Show Scandals of a 1950s, Dies during 95

As a writer on NBC’s ‘Twenty-One,’ he brought competitor Charles Van Doren on a uncover and helped him better Herb Stempel.

Albert Freedman, a writer on a NBC module Twenty-One who became a executive figure in a ask uncover scandals that erupted in a late 1950s, has died. He was 95.

Freedman died Apr 11 in Marin County, Calif., his family announced.

In 1956, Freedman assured Charles Van Doren, who was training during Columbia University, to come on as a competitor on Twenty-One. The reigning champion, Herb Stempel, was winning week after week, though a ratings were pang and Geritol, a sponsor, wanted him gone.

“I’ve suspicion about it, Charlie, and I’ve motionless we should be a chairman to kick Stempel. And I’ll assistance we do it,” Van Doran, writing in a first-person comment that was published in The New Yorker in 2008, pronounced Freedman told him.

“I swear to you, no one will ever know. It will be only between we and me. Jack Barry [the show’s host] won’t know and [producer] Dan Enright won’t, either. Stempel won’t know — I’ve got a approach to hoop that. The sponsors won’t know — anyway, they’ll be so happy they won’t give a damn. And a assembly will never know, since we won’t tell them, and we won’t, either.”

Van Doren initial seemed on Twenty-One on Nov. 28, 1956, and sent Stempel to better a week later. He kept going until Mar 11, 1957, and left a module with loot of about $128,000, he said.

In a 2000 interview with a Archive of American Television, Freedman pronounced that he did not give Van Doren tangible answers to questions though “areas” that a competitor should combine on.

However, Van Doren wrote in The New Yorker that during his 4 months on Twenty-One, “Freedman never stopped coaching me, and we came to see only how delicately tranquil a uncover was. In a sessions, he would ask me questions, we would answer them — and afterwards he would tell me how to answer them: postponement here; supplement this or that acknowledgement or aside; always seem to be worried, anxious; never answer too quickly, let a torment build up.”

Van Doren’s bearing on Twenty-One led to him being hired by NBC as a White House correspondent, and he after worked on a Today show.

In a summer of 1958, questions surrounding diversion shows began to surface, and Freedman eventually was arrested and indicted for perjury. He pronounced a sketch of him in shackles during a military hire “appeared all around a world” and led producers on other diversion shows to acknowledge that their programs were rigged.

In 1959, Van Doren recounted his innocence, pleaded guilty to second-degree perjury and mislaid his pursuit during NBC.

Freedman’s family pronounced that a writer “always claimed that this part was, some-more than anything else, a witch-hunt opposite TV party let by aspirational politicians and a beleaguered journal industry.”

Hank Azaria played Freedman, Ralph Fiennes portrayed Van Doren and John Turturro played Stempel in a 1994 film Quiz Show, destined by Robert Redford.

Freedman was innate on Mar 27, 1922, and lifted in Taunton, Mass. He assimilated a U.S. Marine Corps. and fought in a Pacific Campaign. After a war, he complicated during Boston College, a University of Southern California and during a film propagandize in Paris.

He changed to New York in a early 1950s and held a large mangle when he landed a pursuit on You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx. He also worked on other ask shows including Tic Tac Dough and The Big Surprise.

After a scandal, Freedman was blacklisted in uncover business. He and his family eventually staid in London, where he embarked on a new career. In 1967, he launched a Penthouse appendage Forum: The International Journal of Human Relations and worked with Bob Guccione to found a edition association General Media International.

In 1981, Freedman warranted a Ph.D. from a Institute for a Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, his family said.

Survivors embody his mother of 34 years, Nancy; children Tani and Derek; stepchildren Lori, Todd and Garett; and 10 grandchildren.

  

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