Academy Awards telecast director Marty Pasetta passed away on 21 May 2015 following injuries sustained in a car accident in La Quinta, United States. He was 82. Pasetta is survived by his wife Elise, daughter Debbie, son Gregory and five grandchildren.
Pasetta was famously known as a veteran director of live TV extravaganzas including 17 Academy Awards shows. During four decades in television, Pasetta directed and produced specials for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby and oversaw tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire and Alfred Hitchcock.
He was credited with convincing Elvis Presley to suspend his drug use and lose weight for the 1973 special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, which has been described as the first satellite broadcast of a live concert.
Pasetta was born on 16 June 1932 in San Jose. He attended Santa Clara University, but dropped out to work at San Francisco's KGO-TV, where he became stage manager and producer.
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