Burton died Tuesday at his San Mateo home, according to Damon Schwartz, a family friend, and wire reports.
The Columbus, Ohio, native had been born as Alan Burton Goldstone in April 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, but show business beckoned to him to go west at age 20 as he finished up his studies at Northwestern University. The job opportunity that luted him to Hollywood was with ventriloquist and radio superstar Edgar Bergen, but Burton’s instincts led him toward television, then a fledgling medium.
As the director of development for Tandem Productions/T.A.T. Production and working for industry icon Norman Lear, Burton spent