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The Courtship of Eddie's Father: Brandon Cruz Recalls the Show and His Friend Bill Bixby

In 1969, The Courtship of Eddie's Father debuted on ABC. Based on a 1963 movie starring Glenn Ford, Eddie revolves around a handsome magazine publisher named Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby). He's a widower and is raising his six-year-old son, Eddie (Brandon Cruz), who often attempts to find his father a new mate. Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki), their Japanese housekeeper, helps to look after Eddie and tries to keep him out of trouble.

The show was created and executive produced by James Komack. He also co-starred on the show as Norman Tinker, Tom's best friend and a photographer at the magazine. Komack went on to create Chico and the Man and Welcome Back, Kotter and is credited with launching the careers of Freddie Prinze and John Travolta.

Prior to Eddie, Bixby was already a household name from starring in My Favorite Martian on CBS. He

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