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'We’re proud of each other': For Norman Lear and his son Ben, the moving picture spans generations

'We’re proud of each other': For Norman Lear and his son Ben, the moving picture spans generations

When he was growing up, Ben Lear had a general sense that his dad was a big deal. He just wasn’t entirely clear on why. 

The trailblazing TV sitcoms that Norman Lear had produced in the 1970s – shows such as “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and  “Maude” – were all long off the air before Ben was even born.

“I knew he was a pretty big-time guy from very early on, but it had already been a whole generation since those shows were filling the airwaves,” Ben Lear, 27, said on a recent morning as he shared breakfast at a Brentwood cafe with his...

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