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|Also Known As:||Died:||September 11, 2009|
|Born:||February 25, 1928||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Profession:||Writer ...|
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Through his father (who was Danny Thomas' barber), landed first writing job on the radio show, "Maxwell House Coffee Time with Danny Thomas"
Screen tested by Twentieth Century Fox; did not pass the audition process
Wrote for the radio show, "Duffy's Tavern"
Served in the US Army
Was a gag writer for "The Bob Hope Show" on the radio
Produced first play, "My L.A."
Was a staff writer on NBC's "The All-Star Revue"
Wrote for "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS, 1952-54; NBC, 1954-55)
Teamed with Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Mel Tolkin to write for NBC's "Caesar's Hour" starring Sid Caesar
Co-wrote for the NBC variety special, "The Art Carney Show"
Penned the libretto for the musical, "The Conquering Hero"; show closed after seven performances
Wrote first film, "The Notorious Landlady"
Co-wrote with Burt Shevelove, the book for the stage musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
Was a writer for the CBS series, "The Danny Kaye Show"
Penned the variety special "Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet"
Produced first feature, "The Wrong Box"; also wrote screenplay
Co-wrote "A Fine Pair"; last fim for eight years
One of the creators of CBS' "M*A*S*H"; also wrote, produced and directed many episodes until leaving after the fourth season
Co-wrote the award-winning variety special, "Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments" (CBS)
Produced and wrote several episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Roll Out!"
Executive produced and wrote episodes of the ABC sitcom, "Karen" starring Karen Valentine
Returned to Broadway as the playwright of "Sly Fox" starring George C. Scott (and later Jackie Gleason)
Earned first Academy Award nomination for his script, "Oh, God!"
Contributed to the script of "Movie Movie"; directed by Stanley Donen
Scripted the TV series, "United States" (NBC)
Took his name off the final version of "Rough Cut" (billed as Francis Burns)
Shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for "Tootsie"
Wrote and directed episodes of the CBS series, "AfterMASH"
Wrote last feature for over a decade, "Blame It on Rio"; directed by Stanley Donen
Wrote the play, "Mastergate," a satire on the Iran-Contra hearings; opened and closed on Broadway after just 68 performances
Scored a success with the Broadway musical, "City of Angeles"
Adapted his play "Mastergate" for Showtime
Wrote the TV adaptation of "Barbarians at the Gate" (HBO)
Executive produced and wrote the TV-movie, "Weapons of Mass Distraction" (HBO)
Served as executive producer of the Showtime series, "Fast Track"
Contributed to the script for the remake of "Bedazzled"
Penned 26 five-minute episodes for a politically-themed Internet comedy
Had adaptation of "Lysistrata" (with music by Alan Menken) cancelled by the American Repertory Theater for being "ferociously obscene"
Writer for the screen adaption of the musical, "Chicago"
Executive producer and writer for the HBO special, "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself"
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