Alfred “Al” Masini, creator and executive producer of television shows “Entertainment Tonight” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died yesterday in Honolulu. He was 80.
Masini also created and produced the television shows “Solid Gold,” “Runaway with the Rich and Famous, ” “Star Search" and the 1998 "Miss Universe Pageant" in Hawaii, along with 32 miniseries.
Masini, a Honolulu resident, "died "peacefully," said a statement by publicist Kristin Jackson. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Masini is survived by his wife Charlyn Honda Masini; and sister Melba Marvinny.
His 2001 wedding to local film editor Charlyn Honda and reception at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was said to have cost $250,000 and was attended by 350 of the state’s most notables, including former Govs. Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi and their wives; Robin Leach, host of "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous;” and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, formerly of the Fifth Dimension.
Masini, and his third wife, April, also have been credited as convincing the producers of the television series "Baywatch" and "Pacific Blue" to film here.