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Sydney Zelinka (1906–1981)

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Started on radio as a comedy writer for 'Jack Oakie's College' in 1935. Over the next few years he contributed to other radio comedy, for stars like Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marx and Sid Caesar. Toured with the Marx Brothers in vaudeville in the 1940s, trying out gags later used in movies. He wrote the screenplays for the Marx Brothers films '...

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 1988 Gleason: He's the Greatest (TV Series) (26 episodes)
- Episode #1.26 (1988)
- Episode #1.25 (1988)
- Episode #1.24 (1988)
- Episode #1.23 (1988)
- Episode #1.22 (1988)
 1967-1970 That Girl (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- All's Well That Ends (1970) ... (written by)
- Paper Hats & Everything (1967) ... (written by - as Sydney R. Zelinka)
 1967-1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Two on the Aisle (1969) ... (written by)
- It's Only Money (1968) ... (written by)
- I Thought He'd Never Leave (1967) ... (written by)
 1967-1968 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) (original script - 8 episodes)
- The Honeymooners: The Boy Next Door (1968) ... (original script)
- The Honeymooners: To Whom It May Concern (1967) ... (original script)
- The Honeymooners: The Main Event (1967) ... (original script)
- The Honeymooners: Two Faces of Ralph Kramden (1967) ... (original script)
- The Honeymooners: Nephew of the Bride (1967) ... (original script)
 1967 Good Morning, World (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Stan and Ollie Meet Larry and Dave (1967) ... (written by)
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Phyllis, the Dress Maker (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Get Smart (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Decoy (1966) ... (written by)
 1966 The Hero (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Rumble Without a Cause (1966) ... (written by)
  Bewitched (TV Series) (1 episode, 1965) (written by - 1 episode, 1966)
- The Girl with the Golden Nose (1966) ... (written by - as Syd Zelinka)
- Eye of the Beholder (1965) ... (uncredited)
 1962 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1962) ... (written by)
 1962 The All-Star Comedy Hour (TV Movie) (as Sydney Zelenka)
  Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1961 - 1962) (story - 1 episode, 1962) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Auction (1962) ... (story - as Syd Zelinka) / (teleplay - as Syd Zelinka)
- Toody's Paradise (1962) ... (written by - as Sid Zelinka)
- Boom, Boom, Boom (1962) ... (written by)
- Put It in the Bank (1961) ... (written by - as Sid Zelinka)
  The Flintstones (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (story - 1 episode, 1961)
- The House Guest (1961) ... (story)
- The Soft Touchables (1961) ... (written by)
- The Golf Champion (1960) ... (written by)
- At the Races (1960) ... (written by)
 1961 The Million Dollar Incident (TV Movie)
 1961 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Private Eye, Private Eye (1961) ... (writer)
 1960 The Big Sell (TV Movie) (as Sydney Zelenka)
 1959 The Timex Show (TV Movie) (written by)
 1957-1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series) (written by - 8 episodes)
- Papa Bilko (1958) ... (written by - as Sydney Zelenka)
- Bilko and the Colonel's Secretary (1958) ... (written by)
- Bilko F.O.B. Detroit (1957) ... (written by)
- Bilko at Bay (1957) ... (written by)
- Lieutenant Bilko (1957) ... (written by)
  The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1953 - 1957) (writer - 27 episodes, 1953 - 1956)
- Away We Go (1957)
- Catch a Star (1956) ... (writer)
- The Honeymooners: Principle of the Thing (1955) ... (as Syd Zelinka)
- A Weighty Problem (1955) ... (writer)
 1955-1956 The Honeymooners (TV Series) (written by - 14 episodes)
- A Man's Pride (1956) ... (written by)
- Alice and the Blonde (1956) ... (written by)
- Mind Your Own Business (1956) ... (written by)
- The Safety Award (1956) ... (written by)
- Opportunity Knocks But (1956) ... (written by)
 1952-1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- The Better Half (1953) ... (teleplay - as Sid Zelinka)
- Meet the Little Woman (1952) ... (teleplay)
 1947 Copacabana (additional dialogue - as Sydney R. Zelinka)
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Alternate Names:

Sydney Zelenka | Sid Zelinka | Sydney R. Zelinka | Syd Zelinka
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Trivia:

Started on radio as a comedy writer for 'Jack Oakie's College' in 1935. Over the next few years he contributed to other radio comedy, for stars like Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marx and Sid Caesar. Toured with the Marx Brothers in vaudeville in the 1940s, trying out gags later used in movies. He wrote the screenplays for the Marx Brothers films 'Copacabana' and 'A Night in Casablanca'. Shared an Emmy ... See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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