Writer/producer Al Ruddy came to NYFA in November 2011 to spend some time with the students and talk about his career. Al has worked in the business since 1955, and has had quite an influence in Hollywood. As a writer, he worked on over 160 episodes of Hogan’s Heroes, as well as 180 episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. At the 45th Academy Awards, Clint Eastwood presented the 1972 Best Picture Oscar to Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather. Thirty-two years later, they would jointly accept the 2004 Best Picture Oscar, along with fellow Million Dollar Baby coproducer, Tom Rosenberg.

He produced and wrote for the 2022 Paramount Plus series The Offer, based on his experience working with director Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando on The Godfather. Actor Miles Teller played Ruddy in the series.

Al on producing: “Show me a relaxed producer and I’ll show you a failure.”