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Longtime “Saturday Night Live” director Phil Hymes died Monday, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to Variety. He was 96.
Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, starting work at “SNL” during its second season in 1976. He worked on more than 500 episodes of NBC’s venerable sketch comedy program and served as its lighting director until last year. In addition to his technical work, Hymes appeared in sketches during episodes hosted by Ralph Nader in 1977, Christopher Walken in 2000, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2006.
Records - Career - Person - Emmy - Design
He broke records during his extensive career, becoming the oldest person to win an Emmy in 2018 for outstanding lighting design and lighting direction for a variety series for his work on Kevin Hart’s “SNL” episode. He also won an Emmy for Hallmark Hall of Fame television film “The Magnificent Yankee” in 1965 for outstanding individual achievements in entertainment centered on lighting design. Over the span of his career, he earned a total of 10 Emmy nominations, breaking a second record for winning trophies 53 years apart.
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Design - Hymes - Chemistry - New - York
Before settling on lighting design, Hymes started out in majoring in chemistry at New York University before ultimately leaving to pursue theater acting. He changed his vocation again, serving in World War II in the U.S. Army as a master sergeant in the Signal Corps. When he came home...
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