Reg Grundy had his wife Joy Chambers by his bedside when he passed away at the age of 92. The news of his demise comes on the heels of the 2016 Australian TV Logies.
Reg Grundy is an iconic Australian media personality who not only shaped the careers of many Aussie actors but also was the brain behind some very popular television shows. Grundy died at a ripe age of 92 years at his Bermuda estate. The cause of his death is not known yet. However, it has been reported that his health has been deteriorating over the past few years, states Daily Mail.
Reg Grundy is survived by his wife Joy Chambers and Kim Grundy. Kim is his daughter with first wife, Lola Powell.
Here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about Reg Grundy.
- He was born Reginald Roy Grundy on August 4, 1923 to Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees. He was stationed in Sydney when he served in the army during World War II. He also worked as a buyer for the women’s sportswear department at David Jones. He was passionate about wildlife photography.
- According to News.com.au, Grundy started his media career with 2SM radio in Sydney. He used to be a sports commentator and boxing was his specialisation.
- He has an experience in doing voiceovers and did some voice-over work for Chas E. Blanks, a cinema advertiser.
- Grundy first developed the “Wheel of Fortune” in 1957 as a radio show for 2CH. He also hosted the show. “The Wheel of Fortune” debuted as a television show on TCN9 in 1959. His first wife, Lola, was the production assistant as well as the hostess.
- He produced some hit Aussie TV dramas such as “Neighbours,” “Sons and Daughters,” “The Young Doctors and Prisoners.” The Reg Grundy Organisation was behind the “Sale of the Century” and “Scrabble” in the US, reveals The Canberra Times.
- Grundy also co-produced “ABBA: The movie.”
- The Reg Grundy Corporation, founded in 1959, was sold to Pearson Television in 1995. It is known today as Freemantle Media.
- The man, whose estimated wealth is $809 million, also received an OBE in 1983. In 2008, he was made the Companion of the Order of Australia.
- Two things that set Grundy apart from others: the first was his ability to spot and hire loyal talent and the second was to gauge the efficacy of various program formats, states The Museum of Television.
- Grundy and his wife Joy settled in Bermuda and lived a lavish and private life, rarely giving any interviews. They travelled a lot in their yacht.