Sandy Howard, 80, a film and television producer whose credits include

The Island of Dr. Moreau

and

A Man Called Horse

, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Howard started his career as a publicist for Broadway shows before directing TV's The Howdy Doody Show at age 19, according to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. He went on to produce Captain Kangaroo, the fund said.

In the 1960s, Mr. Howard moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in film. He produced dozens of movies, including '70s films Echoes of a Summer, with Jodie Foster; The Island of Dr. Moreau, starring Burt Lancaster; and A Man Called Horse, starring Richard Harris. - AP