By People Staff
Updated June 01, 1999 12:00 AM
Advertisement

Lew Grade, the cigar-chomping entertainment tycoon who founded Britain’s first commercially funded television company, died in London Sunday, two weeks after undergoing surgery. He was 91. Grade, whose projects included the TV series “The Saint” and the movie “On Golden Pond,” gave up an early dancing career and started a small showbiz agency in 1934. Twenty-one years later, he founded Associated Television, the first commercially funded channel launched in Britain to compete with the British Broadcasting Corp. Muppet fans will recall Jim Henson’s references to him as “Lord Lew” on “The Muppet Show.”

  • John Addison, a composer best known for his Oscar- and Emmy-winning scores for movies and TV, including the music to “Tom Jones,” died Dec. 7 after suffering a stroke. He was 78. His movie scores include those for “Sleuth,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Swashbuckler.” His was also the TV score that accompanied Angela Lansbury on “Murder, She Wrote.” He was very big on harpsichords.