Brandon Tartikoff

Journalist (1949)
Mon Aug 24 2020
By   Manish Khanal

Some people rise to fame and vanish after a few years. On the other hand, some people become examples in society even after their death. Brandon Tartikoff was a well-known American television executive who was the president of NBC from 1980 to 1991.

Brandon Tartikoff was born on January 13, 1949, in Freeport, New York. Brandon is the son of Jordan Tartikoff and his wife, Enid Tartikoff. Nothing much about his parent's profession is known to the public. Brandon was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and Yale University, where he contributed to campus humor magazine The Yale Record.

Death of Brandon Tartikoff

Brandon Tartikoff passed on August 17, 1997, at age 48 in Los Angeles, California. He was suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. The cause of his death mentioned it to be cancer. He was interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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Image: Cemetery photo of Brandon Tartikoff
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On August 29, 1997, Dateline NBC ran an extended tribute to Tartikoff, which featured many famous figures whose careers he had influenced, including Warren Littlefield, Dick Ebersol, Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox, Ted Danson, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Relationship Status At Death

Brandon was married to his longtime girlfriend, Lilly Samuels. The duo tied their wedding knot in 1982. They had a private wedding ceremony where only a few members from both the families and some close friends attended the ceremony. 

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Image: Brandon along with his wife, Lilly at a event
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Brandon and Lilly had been dating for sometime before tying their wedding knot. The duo was very much supportive of each other. Lilly is also a American activist, socialite, restaurateur, and breast cancer fundraiser.

This Happy relationship ended in 1997 after the death of Brandon. Lilly remained single for more than a decade and then found love with Bruce Karatz. She walked down the wedding aisle in 2009 in front of her children.

Father of Two, Daughter

Brandon and Lilly were married for fifteen years. Soon after their wedding, Brandon and Lilly welcomed two daughters, Calla Lianne and Elizabeth Justine. 

In 1991, eight-year-old Calla suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident and received intense therapy to walk and speak again. After the passing of Brandon, Lilly took care of their children. 

Net Worth And Earning

Brandon Tartikoff had an estimated net worth of more than $50 Million at the time of his death in 1997. At the peak of his career, he earned $10 million per year running NBC. He was best known for being the president of NBC from 1980 to 1991. Sarah Bloom worked in NBC with Brandon in the 1980s. 

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Image: Brandon giving a speech at a event
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It was during Brandon's presidency, NBC turned around the network's low prime time reputation and was responsible for T.V. series, including Hill Street Blues, Law & Order, L.A. Law, ALF, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers. He created and wrote for the T.V. series Beggars and Choosers. Tartikoff made cameo appearances in T.V. series, including Saved by the Bell and Cheers. 

Brandon started his career as a program executive at ABC in 1976. After gaining some experience, He moved to NBC and took over programming duties at NBC. At age 32, Tartikoff became the youngest president of NBC's entertainment division.

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