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Bill Idelson (1919–2007)

Bill Idelson was born on August 21, 1919 in Forest Park, Illinois, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Crawling Hand (1963), Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) and The Andy Griffith Show (1960). He was married to Seemah Wilder. He died on December 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1987 Punky Brewster (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Punky's Porker (1987) ... (written by)
- Punky's Big Story (1987) ... (written by)
 1979 Beanes of Boston (TV Movie)
 1976-1978 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Tea and Empathy (1978) ... (written by)
- The Korean Surgeon (1976) ... (written by)
 1977 The Betty White Show (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Joyce's Wedding (1977) ... (written by)
 1977 Fish (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The New Kid (1977) ... (written by)
 1976 The McLean Stevenson Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Going My Way (1976) ... (writer)
 1974-1976 Happy Days (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- A Place of His Own (1976) ... (written by)
- Get a Job (1975) ... (written by)
- Guess Who's Coming to Christmas (1974) ... (written by)
 1975 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (TV Movie)
 1973 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Fit, Fat and Forty One (1973) ... (written by)
- Have You Met Miss Dietz? (1973) ... (written by)
- You Can't Win 'Em All (1973) ... (written by)
- The Man with the Golden Wrist (1973) ... (written by)
 1972 Anna and the King (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Marriage of Prince Chula (1972) ... (written by)
- Pilot (1972) ... (written by)
  The Odd Couple (TV Series) (written by - 5 episodes, 1970 - 1972) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1971)
- The Princess (1972) ... (written by)
- Partner's Investment (1972) ... (written by)
- Win One for Felix (1971) ... (teleplay)
- The Odd Couple Meet Their Host (1971) ... (written by)
- Natural Childbirth (1971) ... (written by)
  Love, American Style (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1969) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (story - 1 episode, 1970)
- Love and the Nurse/Love and the Old Boyfriend (1970) ... (teleplay - segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
- Love and the Great Catch/Love and the Hitchhiker/Love and the Nervous Executive (1970) ... (story - segment "Love and the Great Catch")
- Love and the Big Leap/Love and the Former Marriage/Love and the Good Deal (1969) ... (teleplay - segment "Love and the Former Marriage")
- Love and the Burglar/Love and the Roommate/Love and the Wild Party (1969) ... (segment "Love and the Burglar")
 1970 Barefoot in the Park (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1970) ... (written by)
 1965-1969 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (written by - 23 episodes)
- Flower Power (1969) ... (written by)
- Gomer Maneuvers (1969) ... (written by)
- Freddy's Friendly Computer (1969) ... (written by)
- Two on the Bench (1969) ... (written by)
- Hit and Write (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 That Girl (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Face in the Shower Room Door (1968) ... (story)
 1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Haunted Honeymoon (1968) ... (written by)
 1967-1968 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Don't Give Up the Sloop (1968) ... (written by)
- Divorce: Mother-in-Law Style (1967) ... (written by)
 1968 Bewitched (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- If They Never Met (1968) ... (written by - as William Idelson)
 1968 Good Morning, World (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Wedding Present (1968) ... (written by)
 1967-1968 Accidental Family (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Who's Been Sleeping in Daddy's Bed (1968) ... (written by)
- The Woodsman (1967) ... (written by)
 1967 Get Smart (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Witness for the Persecution (1967) ... (written by)
- Viva Smart (1967) ... (written by)
 1966-1967 Hey, Landlord (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Aunt Harriet Wants You (1967) ... (written by)
 1964-1967 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (written by - 19 episodes)
- A Visit to Barney Fife (1967) ... (written by)
- Big Fish in a Small Town (1966) ... (written by)
- The County Clerk (1966) ... (written by)
- A Baby in the House (1966) ... (written by)
- The Return of Barney Fife (1966) ... (written by)
 1966 The Hero (TV Series) (written by - 5 episodes)
- Who Needs a Friend in Need (1966) ... (written by)
- I Wouldn't Wish it on a Dog (1966) ... (written by)
- The Matchmaker (1966) ... (written by)
- Pardon Me But Your Party's Showing (1966) ... (written by)
- A Night to Remember to Forget (1966) ... (written by)
 1965 Funnyland (TV Movie)
 1964-1965 The Flintstones (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Time Machine (1965) ... (written by)
- King for a Night (1964) ... (written by)
- Dr. Sinister (1964) ... (written by)
 1963-1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- How to Spank a Star (1964) ... (written by)
- Uncle George (1963) ... (written by)
- The Square Triangle (1963) ... (written by)
 1963 The Crawling Hand (original story - as Wm. Idelson) / (screenplay - as Wm. Idelson)
 1962 Lawman (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Man Behind the News (1962) ... (story - as William Idelson)
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Long Distance Call (1961) ... (written by - as William Idelson)
Show Show Actor (40 credits)
Show Show Producer (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)

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Other Works:

Novel: "Gibby". Albany, GA: BearManor Media, 2006. ISBN 1593930593 See more »

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Alternate Names:

Billy Idelson | William Idelson | Wm. Idelson
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Idelson started out as a child actor, working in film, television and radio. When he became an adult, he left show business for a time and worked in real estate. He missed it, so he managed to break into show business again with the help of his friend Richard Matheson by writing the "Long Distance Call" episode of Twilight Zone (1959) with Charles Beaumont. From there he worked as a TV writer, ... See more »

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