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Bob Henry, TV producer and director, dies at 92

March 21, 2012 |  5:13 pm


FlipBob Henry, a veteran TV producer and director best known for his work on Nat King Cole's and Flip Wilson’s variety shows, died Sunday at his home in Laguna Beach. He was 92.

Henry had also served as board president of Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of the Arts, which announced his death.

From the fall of 1956 through 1957, NBC aired “The Nat King Cole Show,” notable for featuring a black host on a nationally televised entertainment program. Henry was a producer, director and writer for the show.

Henry went on to produce and direct “Flip,” winning an Emmy Award in 1971 when the show was named outstanding musical variety series.

A full obituary will follow at


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Photos: Top, Nat King Cole; at right, Flip Wilson as the character Geraldine cracks up guest star Bing Crosby. Credits: King Cole Partners, top, and NBC.