Reginald Roy “Reg” Grundy AC OBE (4 August 1923 – 6 May 2016) was an Australian entrepreneur and media mogul, one of the pioneers and most successful of his generation. He was also the creator of many TV hits starting with game shows such as Wheel of Fortune and Blankety Blanks and later soap operas Neighbours, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, and The Young Doctors.
Reginald Roy Grundy was born on 4 August 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, to Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees.Grundy served in the Australian Army during World War II as a Sergeant stationed in Sydney in the 1 Motor Division Signals.
Grundy started his media career as a boxing and general sports commentator for the Sydney radio station 2SM in 1947. While he was working at 2CH Sydney in 1957, Grundy conceived and hosted the Wheel of Fortune game show on radio, which moved to Channel Nine two years later.He founded his own production company Reg Grundy Organisation in 1960, and began producing game shows for the Australian and overseas market, before eventually branching out into drama in 1973. In 1977, he co-produced ABBA: The Movie.
Grundy had a lifelong passion for wildlife photography. He published a book of photographs in 2005, The Wildlife of Reg Grundy.In June 2009, an exhibition of photographs of Bermuda Longtail birds by Grundy, “Longtails: The Bermuda Dream”, opened in The Rick Faries Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.
Grundy died on 6 May 2016 at his Bermuda home, with his family by his side. After his death was announced, many tributes were paid to Grundy.Presenter Andrew Denton commented “I’m sure the record will show that more Australians have watched more hours of Reg Grundy television than that of any other individual.”
Grundy was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours of 1983, and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008.He received the International Emmy Founders Award in 1996 and the AFI Raymond Longford Award in 2010. In July 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of Queensland.