|Beverly Hills, CA — Chuck Fries, “The Godfather of the Television Movie”, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, September 30th, at home with his family and wife Ava Fries.
Between them there are 10 children, 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Along with Fries’ nieces, nephews from Cincinnati and spouses and in-laws, the family of over 70 was served a dinner, prepared by Wolfgang Puck.
Chuck and Ava have been married for 30 years and are proud of their children’s accomplishments; Charles (Butch) Fries is an executive producer and international distributor; Suzanne Fries Hostka is a 4th grade teacher in Oxnard; Chris Fries is in real estate and insurance; Dyanne Fries is an international marketing executive; Mike Fries is CEO of Liberty Global; Alice Fries is a film & music producer and manager; Jon Fries is a residential real estate developer and contractor; Sherry Case is a writer; and Thomas Fries and Cami Markman are both deceased and missed dearly.
After over six decades as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished executives, it doesn’t look like Fries is slowing down any time soon. Chuck is in his office every day from 9 – 5pm working on projects and The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors.
About Chuck Fries
Charles William Fries (born September 30, 1928) is an American film producer, television producer, and executive producer who has worked on thousands of TV series, made-for-TV movies, and theatrical films during a career that spanned 66 years. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio Fries, moved to Los Angeles in 1952 and began working for the production and syndication company, Ziv Television Programs. He later worked at Screen Gems and Columbia Pictures where he worked on TV classics such as Route 66, Bewitched, Cisco Kid and Sea Hunt. After four years at Metromedia he formed Charles Fries Productions in 1974, which later became Fries Entertainment, where he produced and/or supervised more than 275 hours of television movies and mini-series for all three major broadcast networks. Among the projects he produced are The Amazing Spider-Man television series, The Martian Chronicles, Bitter Harvest, Small Sacrifices, Flowers in the Attic and The Neon Empire. In 1989, Chuck and his wife Ava, co-produced Troop Beverly Hills. Chuck is known as the “Godfather of the Television Movie”, has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been a member of The Caucus for Producers, Writers, & Directors for 45 years, where he served five terms as Chair and received their most coveted Awards. Fries, a graduate of Ohio State University, has received honorary degrees from his alma mater and the University of Cincinnati. He is a lifetime member of the Producer’s Guild, a former Chair of the American Film Institute and served in leadership roles in both the Academy of Arts & Television Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.