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Longtime comedian Paul Raley, who served as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for Brett Butler sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” died Saturday in Los Angeles, after suffering declining health in recent years. He was 71.
In the 1960s he left a career in advertising to write for David Letterman’s three-month daytime show before the host led latenight at NBC. In 1978 Raley moved to Los Angeles, where he performed standup and eventually became head writer for “D.C. Follies,” was a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for “Grace Under Fire.” He also wrote a couple of episodes of “Night Court.”
Raley, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Duquesne University and started his career at Grey Advertising in New York City.
He is survived by his sister, Cathy Quinan.
- Mannie Holmes
Chuck Lorre has cornered the market as far as sitcoms are concerned. He currently has four major shows on the air, including The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly. Et met up with the prolific TV producer just before an event celebrating him at Warner Bros. Studios.
"Chuck changed my life very succinctly by being in the room when I auditioned," Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons told Et.
"He has a tremendous eye for what works and he's fearless to try it," Mike & Molly's Billy Gardell gushed.
Today, Chuck is a giant in the TV industry, but his success didn't come overnight. The 62-year-old Long Island, N.Y. native got his start as a musician and songwriter. His big claim »
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“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”
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- Greg Gilman
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