Larry Gelbart (1928–2009)


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The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and has never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last 40 years. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio, thanks in part to his father. The elder Gelbart was a barber in Beverly Hills who made it a point to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Tootsie Writer
(1982)
M*A*S*H Writer
(1972-1983)
AfterMASH Writer
(1983-1985)
Movie Movie Writer
(1978)

Filmography

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 2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie) (written by)
 2000 C-Scam
 2000 Bedazzled (screenplay)
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie) (written by)
 1993 Barbarians at the Gate (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
  AfterMASH (TV Series) (developed for television by - 27 episodes, 1983 - 1985) (developer - 2 episodes, 1983) (written by - 2 episodes, 1983)
- Saturday's Heroes (1985) ... (creator)
- Wet Feet (1984) ... (creator)
- Ward Is Hell (1984) ... (creator)
- The Recovery Room (1984) ... (creator)
- Madness to His Method (1984) ... (creator)
 1985 The 57th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 1984 Blame It on Rio (screenplay)
  M*A*S*H (TV Series) (developed for television by - 251 episodes, 1972 - 1983) (written by - 30 episodes, 1972 - 1976) (teleplay by - 8 episodes, 1973 - 1975) (story by - 2 episodes, 1973 - 1975)
- Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) ... (creator)
- As Time Goes By (1983) ... (creator)
- Give and Take (1983) ... (creator)
- Friends and Enemies (1983) ... (creator)
- Say No More (1983) ... (creator)
 1982 Tootsie (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1982 The 54th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 1981 Neighbors (screenplay)
 1980 United States (TV Series) (written by - 7 episodes)
- The Grand Funk (1980) ... (written by)
- Josh (1980) ... (written by)
- Better Than Burning (1980) ... (written by)
- Sometimes (1980) ... (written by)
- Broccoli (1980) ... (written by)
 1980 Rough Cut (screenplay - as Francis Burns)
 1978 Movie Movie (written by)
 1977 Oh, God! (screenplay)
 1977 Riding High (TV Movie) (written by)
 1976 Three's Company (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Unaired Pilot #1 (1976) ... (written by)
  Karen (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 1975) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- Dena Might (1975) ... (creator)
- The Karen Report (1975) ... (creator)
- A Day in the Life (1975) ... (creator)
- Capitol Capers (1975) ... (creator)
- What Are Friends For? (1975) ... (creator)
 1974 If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Roll Out (TV Series) (creator - 12 episodes, 1973 - 1974) (written by - 4 episodes, 1973) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1973) (story - 1 episode, 1973)
- Didn't He Ramble (1974) ... (creator)
- Honor Truck (1973) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Christmas of '44 (1973) ... (creator) / (teleplay)
- No Wages: All Fear (1973) ... (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)
- The Paper Caper (1973) ... (creator)
 1973 Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (TV Special) (dialogue written by)
 1971-1972 The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Best of the Comedy Machine (1972) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.14 (1972) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.1 (1971) ... (writer)
 1971 Eddie (TV Movie) (creator) / (teleplay)
 1971 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (episode "My Wives Jane")
 1970 The Tim Conway Show (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- To Cuba with Love (1970) ... (script)
 1967 The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special (TV Special) ("Gallipacci" was based on an original sketch by)
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't! (screenplay)
 1966 The Wrong Box (written for the screen by)
 1965 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series) (script - 2 episodes)
- Episode #4.7 (1965) ... (script)
- Episode #4.6 (1965) ... (script)
 1963 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963)
 1963 The Thrill of It All (story)
 1962 The Notorious Landlady (screenplay)
 1961 Chevrolet Golden Anniversary (TV Special) (written by)
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Hooray for Love (1960)
 1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)
 1960 The Best of Anything (TV Special)
  Art Carney Special (TV Series) (1 episode, 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1959)
- Very Important People (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Wonderful World of Entertainment (1959) ... (written by)
  The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1958) (co-writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #3.10 (1958) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.5 (1958) ... (co-writer)
 1958 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Special) (writer)
  The Patrice Munsel Show (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1958) (script - 1 episode, 1957)
- Episode #1.16 (1958) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... (script)
 1958 Sid Caesar Invites You (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Matchmakers (1958) ... (writer)
  Caesar's Hour (TV Series) (21 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (writer - 7 episodes, 1954 - 1957) (written by - 1 episode, 1957)
- Person To Person: Parody (1957) ... (writer)
- Break Your Brains skit (1957) ... (writer)
- Tonight! America After Dark (1957) ... (written by)
 1953 The Red Buttons Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 Star Spangled Revue (TV Special)
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Other Works:

Burt Shevelove, Stephen Sondheim and his musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum," was performed in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production at the Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. Jerry Turner was director and artistic director. Todd Barton was music director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Francis Burns

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Spouse:

Patricia Marshall  (his death)  (2 children)
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Personal Quote:

The experience of Tootsie (1982) taught me to never work with an Oscar winner who is smaller than the statue. See more »

Trivia:

Although frequently credited as a writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (1950), Gelbart actually joined Caesar after the series ended, and worked on Caesar's Hour (1954), which was a show much like "Your Show of Shows" See more »

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