Former Trans-Lux Executive Richard Carlton Passes at Age of 95

Brought Classics like Felix the Cat and Speed Racer to American Audiences

New York, NY (May 23, 2014) – Richard Carlton, a former executive at Trans-Lux Corporation (TLX) who brought such cartoon hits as “Felix the Cat” and “Speed Racer” to American audiences and later oversaw the International Emmy Awards, died of natural causes at home in White Plains, N.Y., on May 10. He was 95.

“The Trans-Lux family mourns the loss of Richard even as we celebrate the great accomplishments achieved during his life,” said J.M. Allain, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trans-Lux Corporation.  “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Carlton family on their loss.”

During a long career in film and television, Carlton served as executive vice president of Trans-Lux Television; as deputy director of the American Film Institute (1973-80); and as executive director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where he led the production of the International Emmy Awards.

Born in Manhattan, Carlton graduated from high school at age 16. His first job was at Columbia Pictures, after which he served honorably in World War II.

Carlton is survived by his wife, Blossom; two daughters and two sons; and eight grandchildren.