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Also Known As: Died: December 28, 1992
Born: October 3, 1912 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: songwriter, writer, producer

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As a songwriter, TV writer, and associate film producer, Greene had a significant Hollywood career in features and TV. As a songwriter, he contributed songs to a number of 1940s films including "Call Out the Marines" (1941), "The Big Street", Alan Dwan's "Here We Go Again", "Sing Your Worries Away" (all 1942), and "Tulsa" (1949). He also provided TV themes for "Tales of Wells Fargo", "The Restless Gun", and "Lawrence Welk Champagne Time". Greene's indelible contribution to TV musical history is entitled "The Toy Parade" but known as the charming theme to "Leave It to Beaver". He produced the popular 50s sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show" and served a long stint as a staff writer on "The Red Skelton Show". Greene wrote many of the show's celebrated "Silent Spot" pantomime segments. He also wrote material for bandleader Bob Crosby (Bing's brother), Johnny Carson, and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In". Greene also produced and wrote various Las Vegas acts.

As a songwriter, TV writer, and associate film producer, Greene had a significant Hollywood career in features and TV. As a songwriter, he contributed songs to a number of 1940s films including "Call Out the Marines" (1941), "The Big Street", Alan Dwan's "Here We Go Again", "Sing Your Worries Away" (all 1942), and "Tulsa" (1949). He also provided TV themes for "Tales of Wells Fargo", "The Restless Gun", and "Lawrence Welk Champagne Time". Greene's indelible contribution to TV musical history is entitled "The Toy Parade" but known as the charming theme to "Leave It to Beaver". He produced the popular 50s sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show" and served a long stint as a staff writer on "The Red Skelton Show". Greene wrote many of the show's celebrated "Silent Spot" pantomime segments. He also wrote material for bandleader Bob Crosby (Bing's brother), Johnny Carson, and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In". Greene also produced and wrote various Las Vegas acts.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Lone Wolf Returns (1935) Crooner
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1931:
Moved to Hollywood at age 19 (date approximate)
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Wrote songs for Hollywood movies including "Call Out the Marines" (1941), "The Big Street", Alan Dwan's "Here We Go Again", "Sing Your Worries Away" (all 1942), and "Tulsa" (1949)
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Served as an associate producer on two 20th Century-Fox films
1955:
Produced "The Bob Cummings Show" on NBC and CBS
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Wrote TV theme music for "Leave It to Beaver", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "The Restless Gun", and "Lawrence Welk Champagne Time"
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Worked as a writer on "The Red Skelton Show"
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Wrote the popular "Silent Spot" pantomime segment of "The Red Skelton Show" for many years
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Wrote musical and/or comedy material for Bob Crosby, Johnny Carson, and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
1966:
Co-wrote "Clown Alley", a Red Skelton variety special that saluted circus clowns
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Produced and wrote various Las Vegas acts
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: -

Notes

Greene was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song for "There's a Breeze on Lake Louise" from "The Mayor of 44th Street" (1942).

Greene (along with Red Skelton and eight other writers) was nominated for a 1962/63 Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for "The Red Skelton Show"

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companion:
Louise Cornell. Survived him.

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daughter:
Nicki Greene Daly. Survived him.
daughter:
Melissa Greene Newton. Survived him.

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