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‘Taxi’ Co-Creator Daniels Dies at 72

Apr 11, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Stan Daniels, co-creator of the hit 1970s show “Taxi” and writer for the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died of heart failure on April 6. He was 72.

The eight-time Emmy winner joined MTM after writing material for “The Dean Martin Show” and “The Bill Cosby Show.” When the show ended in 1977, Mr. Daniels, James L. Brooks, David Davis and Ed Weinberger brought their talents to the Paramount Pictures lot and began working on “Taxi,” which premiered in 1978.

During that time Mr. Daniels also dabbled in the musical arts, composing music and lyrics for the 1976 Broadway act “So Long 174th Street,” which was based on the play “Enter Laughing.”

A Toronto native, Mr. Daniels studied at the University of Toronto and then went on to accept a fellowship at Oxford.

He is survived by his wife Alene and four children.

(Editor: Romanelli)