Televsion producer Arthur Gardner has died. He merits inclusion here not just for his achievements in producing shows such as The Rifleman and The Big Valley, but also for managing to achieve being included in the exclusive club of people who have lived past 100 years of age. He made it to the impressive age of 104:
Gardner, who was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences into his 100s, died Friday at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living. He was 104._____
He died of natural causes, his son Steven said.
Gardner's last film was the 1982 adventure comedy, "Safari 3000," about an auto race in Africa, starring David Carradine and Stockard Channing. But he was still going into his Beverly Hills office at 102.