Legendary Television Producer Kent McCray Reveals Memoir at “High Chaparral” 50th Anniversary Event

Book cover for ‘Kent McCray: The Man Behind The Most Beloved Television Shows’

“Most of the books you read are about actors. A lot of them don’t get into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to do the job and that’s what I’ve tried to relay.”

The autobiography “Kent McCray: The Man Behind The Most Beloved Television Shows” (Ingram Sparks Publishing)—a behind-the-scenes look at producing and production for television legends—written by Marianne Rainer-Holmes and Kent McCray was released on September 18, 2017, and featured its first book signing at TV’s “High Chaparral” 50th Anniversary at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank, California on Thursday, September 14, 2017. As told to Rittner-Holmes over a period of three years, the book conveys McCrays’s 50-year journey in television in his own words.

Kent McCray was an NBC producer and production manager for iconic shows: “Bonanza,” “High Chaparral,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Highway to Heaven”—all four series are still being broadcast 30 – 55 years after their original debuts. McCray’s historic five-decade career features experiences and anecdotes working amongst late legends Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope and Michael Landon, amongst others.

McCray says, “Most of the books you read are about actors. A lot of them don’t get into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to do the job and that’s what I’ve tried to relay.”

Michael Landon’s daughter, Leslie Landon Matthews says, “There should be a saying: ‘behind every successful man is Kent McCray.’ Kent was not only my Dad’s best friend and like a brother that he never had, but he also helped build the foundation to my Dad’s success. Kent knew my father inside and out, and they always had a friendship that was built on love, mutual respect and admiration for each other. In this book, Kent gives you the behind-the-scenes look into his illustrious career working with the greats! Kent’s storytelling and sense of humor is brilliant, and you will understand why he had such success as head of production for so many years in television entertainment. There are so many great stories from this man that I hope a second book is being…

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