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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 July 1938El Centro, California, USA
Date of Death 10 October 2006Los Angeles, California, USA  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameJerome Leon Belson

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Belson was born on July 8, 1938 in El Centro, California, USA as Jerome Leon Belson. He was a writer and producer, known for The Odd Couple (1970), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) and Always (1989). He was married to Jo Ann Belson and Viviann Flogell. He died on October 10, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Spouse (2)

Jo Ann Belson (1976 - 10 October 2006) (his death) (3 children)
Viviann Flogell (3 May 1959 - 1968) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

Early in his comedy writing career, his writing partner was Garry Marshall. They sold many comedy scripts to shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and their specialty was writing slapstick and physical humor.
Father of Kristine Belson, Julie Belson and Willi Belson.
Grandfather of two. Sister, screenwriter-novelist Monica Mcgowan Johnson; a brother, radio personality Gordon Belson.
After graduating from high school, he struggled to make a living as a magician, comic book writer, and drummer. He finally sold a script to "The Danny Thomas Show" when he was 22.
As a writer, he was not afraid to try risky things. His co-writer Garry Marshall said Belson wrote some bizarre humor, and Marshall told him that only four people would get the joke. Belson replied "More than enough.".
One of his favorite anecdotes was about how he and his wife Jo Ann finally got married. She gave him an ultimatum: "Marry me or I'm going to Europe." As he waited with her at the airport, she repeated her request: "What do you want? Should I take off or stay?" Jerry's response: "Can you take off and circle?".

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