Award-winning screenwriter Hal Kanter has died at the age of 92. Best known for his work with the likes of Elvis Presley, and Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Kanter suffered complications from pneumonia.
One of Kanter’s biggest hits was the 1952 Hope / Crosby film Road to Bali, and he also wrote the script for Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. With Presley, Kanter also turned director for the film Loving You. Other big names in Hollywood for whom Kanter wrote include Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
Kanter also wrote for the Academy Awards for more than thirty years, and in 1968 he was a key figure behind the sitcom Julia, which remains notable for being the first US comedy to star an African American woman as a professional rather than as a domestic worker.