GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo has awarded its first Medal of Distinction to 1975 alumnus Glenn Gordon Caron, an Emmy-award winning television writer and producer best known for his work on the hit programs "Medium" and "Moonlighting." The medal is the college's highest honor recognizing exceptional professional achievement and contributions to society.
Caron is a native of Oceanside, N.Y. He majored in drama, directed and acted in theatrical productions in the Department of Dramatic Arts and also created Kino, the college's film society. He received the medal Jan. 27 at a SUNY Geneseo Foundation Board meeting in New York City.
"It's a tremendous honor to present Geneseo's first Medal of Distinction to an alumnus who has made an indelible impact on the television and motion picture industry," said Jack Kramer, chair of the Geneseo Foundation Board. "Glenn immersed himself into his work as a theater student at Geneseo and built upon that foundation to become one of the best-known writers and producers in the world of entertainment. The Geneseo Foundation warmly congratulates him on his tremendous professional accomplishments."
Caron just completed work as executive producer of "Medium," starring Patricia Arquette. The show's 130th and final episode aired Jan. 21 after a five-year run on both NBC and CBS. The show received three Emmy Award nominations with Arquette winning the Emmy in 2005 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Caron started as an advertising agency copywriter then worked his way into Hollywood following a stint with Chicago's famous improvisational comedy enterprise The Second City. He then joined the writing team of the hit television series "Taxi" and later wrote and produced the first ten episodes of "Remington Steele," starring Pierce Brosnan, which aired from 1982-87.
After founding his own company, Picturemaker Productions, he struck gold in 1985 when he created the popular television series "Moonlighting" and launched actor Bruce Willis to fame alongside veteran actress Cybil Shepard. In its five seasons, "Moonlighting" won seven Emmy Awards (42 nominations), three Golden Globe awards (nine nominations), two Directors Guild of America Awards (four nominations) and six Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations. Caron earned a WGA award for writing for the series. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Television Writer Award at the 14th Austin Film Festival.
In 1988, Caron made his directorial debut with "Clean and Sober," a critically acclaimed film starring Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker and Morgan Freeman for which Keaton won the Best Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics. He also co-wrote the hit romantic comedy "Picture Perfect," starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon and Jay Mohr.
Geneseo's Medal of Distinction is mounted on a uniquely designed walnut base created specifically for the award by 1960 Geneseo alumnus Tom Moser, president of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.
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