(1928 – 2009)
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(1928 – 2009)
This is an online obituary in memory of Larry Gelbart. Larry Gelbart began as a writer at the age of sixteen for Danny Thomas' radio show during the 1940s and also wrote for Jack Paar and Bob Hope. In the 1950s, he worked in television for Sid Caesar on Caesar's Hour, along with writers Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Carl Reiner. In 1972, Gelbart was one of the main forces behind the creation of the television series M*A*S*H, writing and producing many episodes until leaving after the fourth season. M*A*S*H earned Gelbart an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and went on to considerable commercial and critical success. Gelbart's best known screen work is perhaps the screenplay for 1982's Tootsie, which
he co-wrote with Murray Schisgal. Gelbart was diagnosed with cancer in June and died at his Beverly Hills home on September 11, 2009. His wife of 53 years, Pat Gelbart, told that after being married for so long, "we finished each other's sentences". This online memorial is in honour of Larry Gelbart, his life and achievements.
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