Hal Kanter (born December 18, 1918, in Savannah, Georgia – died November 6, 2011 in Encino, California) was a writer, producer and director, principally for comedy actors such as Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley (in Loving You and Blue Hawaii), for both feature films and television. Kanter helped Tennessee Williams turn the play by Williams into the film version of The Rose Tattoo. Since 1991, he was regularly credited as a writer for the Academy Award broadcasts. Kanter was also the creator and executive producer of the television series Julia.
Kanter was famous for saying, "Radio is theater of the mind; TV is theater of the mindless."