Monday, October 26, 2009

Larry Gelbart (1928-2009)

Larry Gelbart passed away on September 11, 2009 at the age of 81.

Larry Gelbart was born February 25, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois.

Gelbart was a television, radio, broadway, and movie writer, director and producer.

Larry Gelbart began his career as a writer at the age of sixteen writing for Danny Thomas' radio show during the 1940s. He also wrote for Jack Paar and Bob Hope.

In the 1950s, he worked in television for Sid Caeser on Caeser's Hour. He also wrote episodes for Your Show of Shows, The Red Buttons Show and The Danny Kaye Show.

During the 1970s he was one of the main forces behind the creation of the television series M*A*S*H as a writer, director and producer.

In 1982, Gelbart co-wrote the screenplay for Tootsie. He also wrote the screenplay for Oh, God! (1977), Blame it on Rio (1984) and Bedazzled (2000).

Larry Gelbart wrote the long-running Broadway musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1962.

He won the Drama Dest Awark for Outstanding Book of a Musical for City Of Angels. He also won an Edgar Award for the Iran-contra satire Mastergate and also for Sly Fox.

Larry Gelbart, who was diagnosed with cancer in June, died at his Beverly Hills home Friday morning after a long battle with cancer.

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