Prolific TV Comedy Writer Dead at 89 — His Work Spanned Five Decades and Included ‘The Real McCoys,’ ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,’ ‘One Day at a Time’ and Many Others

Nov 22, 2011  •  Post A Comment

One of the most prolific comedy writers in television has died at the age of 89, reports Deadline.com. In addition to numerous writing credits, New York native Jack Elinson was also executive producer of sitcoms including "One Day at a Time," "The Facts of Life" and "The Doris Day Show."

Elinson died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.

As a writer, he penned comedy for stars including Johnny Carson and Jimmy Durante. He was a writer on TV shows including "The Real McCoys," "Hogan’s Heroes," "The Danny Thomas Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "The Colgate Comedy Hour."

A private memorial for Elinson was held Monday.

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