The career of producer and director Joseph Cates spans from the 1940s to the 1990s. The collection primarily documents Cates'
professional accomplishments in the television industry from 1960s to the 1980s and includes production information and scripts
for a variety of productions in which Cates was directly involved.
Joseph Katz was born August 10, 1924 in New York City. After serving as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II, he attended
New York University. His career in the entertainment industry started in the 1940s when while working in the advertising field,
he conceived a notion to use television as a way to sell candy products. This landed him a contract with Dumont and in 1947,
he produced and directed the television talent show Look Upon a Star. During the 1950s he produced and directed a number of
game shows, including The $64,000 Question (1955-58) and also worked with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney on Cavalcade of Stars. Cates has also been credited with designing the original set of The Honeymooners and casting Art Carney in the role of Ed Norton.
42 boxes (21 linear feet)1 carton (1.5 linear feet)1 microfilm box
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