Co-Creator of One of the Most Popular Sitcoms of the 1980s Dead at 92 Deadline
A successful TV comedy writer and producer who co-created one of the most popular network comedy series of the 1980s has died. Deadline.com reports that Ben Starr, the co-creator of “The Facts of Life,” died Sunday at 92.
"The Facts of Life," which starred Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn, had a nine-season run on NBC, from 1979-1988. Starr also was one of the creators of NBC's "Silver Spoons," and wrote for many popular TV series, including "Mr. Ed," "The Brady Bunch," "All in the Family," "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes."
Starr began in show business writing in radio for performers such as Al Jolson and George Burns, later turning to TV and gathering dozens of credits, the story notes. His most recent credit was as a writer on the 2001 “Facts of Life” reunion.