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Jess Oppenheimer (1913–1988)


Jess Oppenheimer (November 11, 1913 - December 27, 1988) Lucille Ball called Jess Oppenheimer "the brains" behind I Love Lucy (1951), and with good reason. As series creator, producer, and head writer, "Jess was the creative force behind the 'Lucy' show," confirms director William Asher. "He was the field general. Jess presided over all the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Filmography

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 2015 I Love Ryan? (TV Movie) (characters) (post-production)
 2001 Kocham Klare (TV Mini-Series) (original)
 1976 NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 All in the Family (TV Series) (story by - 1 episode)
- Oh Say Can You See (1973) ... (story by - as Joe Kerr)
  The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series) (25 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (written by - 1 episode, 1969)
- Where There's a Will There's No Way (1970) ... (creator)
- The Producer (1970) ... (creator)
- Debbie's Return (1970) ... (creator)
- Debbie Gets Jim Fired (1970) ... (creator)
- Those Dangerous Years (1970) ... (creator)
 1967 Get Smart (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- One of Our Olives Is Missing (1967) ... (written by)
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Governess (1965) ... (writer)
 1963 Glynis (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Crime After a Fashion (1963) ... (creator)
- This One Will Kill You (1963) ... (creator)
- Catsa Nostra (1963) ... (creator)
- The Body Guards (1963) ... (creator)
- Two Way Stretch (1963) ... (creator)
 1963 The Big Brain (TV Movie)
  Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Hide and Seek (1963) ... (writer)
 1960-1961 Angel (TV Series) (33 episodes)
- Promise to a Friend (1961) ... (creator)
- The Wedding (1961) ... (creator)
- Angel of Mercy (1961) ... (creator)
- Goodbye, Young Lovers (1961) ... (creator)
- The Trailer (1961) ... (creator)
 1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Give Me My Son (1958) ... (story)
 1951-1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series) (written by - 154 episodes)
- Return Home from Europe (1956) ... (written by)
- Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo (1956) ... (written by)
- Lucy's Bicycle Trip (1956) ... (written by)
- Lucy's Italian Movie (1956) ... (written by)
- Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy (1956) ... (written by)
 1953 I Love Lucy (writer)
Show Show Producer (16 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Produced an unsold sitcom pilot in 1959 called, "The Jacksons" that starred Joan Blondell. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joe Kerr
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As part of his contract with CBS, which stipulated that he was to receive 20% ownership in any television show he helped to create, he ended up with 20% ownership in I Love Lucy in 1951. He gave 5% to his co-writers, Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll Jr.. See more »

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