Paul William Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer and was crucial in the development of several "rural" comedies for CBS. In 1962, Henning created The Beverly Hillbillies - a sitcom based on his past experiences while camping in the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. It proved to be one of the highest-rated series of all time, even becoming a feature film about three decades later. After the major success of Hillbillies, CBS gave Henning another half-hour timeslot on their schedule. In 1963, Petticoat Junction debuted on CBS and was a great success as well. This series had a starring role for Henning's daughter (who shared a September 16 birthday with her father), Linda Kaye Henning, who was simply billed as "Linda Kaye". In 1965 this was followed by Green Acres, with Henning serving as casting director and executive producer.