This Aug. 6, 1993, file photo shows Joe Franklin speaking as a guest on the "John Gambling Radio Show". (AP Photo/Kevin Larkin)
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TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin, who interviewed thousands of people from a dancing dentist to Academy Award winning actors in a far from glamorous New York studio has died at the age of 88, his long time producer said on Sunday.Franklin, a New York broadcasting institution who helped bolster the careers of then emerging stars such as Al Pacino, Bill Cosby and Bette Midler, started his TV talk show in the 1950s and kept in running into the 1990s.Franklin helped establish the basic format of the TV talk show as he sat behind a desk and interviewed a litany of people who often shared the same well-worn sofa in a studio Franklin once joked was the size of two taxi cabs.
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