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Sam Denoff (1928–2011)

Composer ("Bupkis"), author and actor, educated at Adelphi College, and later on the staff at WNEW in New York. He was a television script writer and also wrote much special material for night clubs and a number of singing commercials. Joining ASCAP in 1956, his chief musical collaborators include Gene Klavan, Bill Persky and James Haines. See full bio »

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1963-1966)
That Girl
That Girl Writer
(1965-1971)
Life with Bonnie
(2002-2004)

Filmography

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 2002 Life with Bonnie (TV Series) (consulting writer)
 1995 The Laverne & Shirley Reunion (TV Special)
 1993 More of 'The Best of the Hollywood Palace' (TV Movie) (written by)
 1992 The Best of 'The Hollywood Palace' (TV Movie) (written by)
 1992 Happy Days Reunion Special (TV Special)
  Harry and the Hendersons (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1991) (story - 1 episode, 1991)
- Harry and the Cheerleaders (1991) ... (written by)
- The Bodyguard (1991) ... (story)
- Who's Forest Is It Anyway? (1991) ... (written by)
- Harry Goes Home (1991) ... (written by)
 1976 The Practice (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Helen's Beau (1976) ... (written by)
 1974 Roll, Freddy, Roll! (TV Movie)
 1974 The Boys (TV Movie)
  Lotsa Luck (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes, 1973 - 1974) (written by - 2 episodes, 1973)
- Get Off My Back (1974) ... (creator)
- Bummy's Girl (1974) ... (creator)
- Arthur Makes His Move (1974) ... (creator)
- Stan's Assistant (1974) ... (creator)
- You Oughta Be in Pictures (1974) ... (creator)
 1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie) (adaptation)
  That Girl (TV Series) (created by - 137 episodes, 1965 - 1971) (written by - 4 episodes, 1965 - 1969)
- The Elevated Woman (1971) ... (creator)
- Soot Yourself (1971) ... (creator)
- Two for the Money (1971) ... (creator)
- Stag Party (1971) ... (creator)
- That King (1971) ... (creator)
 1971 The First Nine Months Are the Hardest (TV Movie) (writer)
 1971 Pure Goldie (TV Movie)
 1969 Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (TV Special)
 1968 The Bill Cosby Special (TV Special)
  Good Morning, World (TV Series) (created by - 26 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (written by - 3 episodes, 1967 - 1968)
- The Lady and the Pussycat (1968) ... (creator)
- Hutton's Mutts (1968) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Here Comes the Bribe (1968) ... (creator)
- I Love a Charade (1968) ... (creator)
 1963-1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (written by - 29 episodes)
- The Last Chapter (1966) ... (written by)
- The Gunslinger (1966) ... (written by)
- The Ugliest Dog in the World (1965) ... (written by)
- Coast to Coast Big Mouth (1965) ... (written by)
- One Hundred Terrible Hours (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 The Julie Andrews Show (TV Special)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Think Pretty (1964) ... (story)
 1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Master of Disguise (1964) ... (written by)
 1963-1964 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Joey's Mustache (1963) ... (written by)
 1963 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Letter for Fuji (1963) ... (written by)
  The Andy Williams Show (TV Series) (1 episode, 1962) (writer - 1 episode, 1962)
- Episode #1.12 (1962) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.1 (1962)
 1961 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Premier (1961)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

In 1974, he produced an unsold sitcom pilot for NBC called "My Wife Next Door". The plot concerned a divorced couple, played by James Franciscus and Julie Sommars, who accidentally rent adjacent apartments in a beach-front community.
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Carl Reiner described their working relationship together on the The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961): "Sam and I had a wonderful contrapuntal relationship: I would fight with him as if I were fighting with a wife. It makes for good jokes". See more »

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