A three-time Emmy nominee whose work was seen in a long string of popular TV series has died. Deadline.com reports that veteran TV writer Rick Mittleman died Wednesday in a traffic accident in Los Angeles. He was 84.
Mittleman wrote for dozens of television shows, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Murder, She Wrote.” He shared an Emmy nomination for his first writing job on television, for “The Red Skelton Hour,” in 1963. He was also part of the nomination for “Arnie” for outstanding comedy series in 1971 and shared in a nomination for outstanding writing for the special “Van Dyke and Company” in 1976.
Mittleman started in television in the 1950s, working as a producer on “You Asked for It.” He was active in the Writers Guild of America, which presented him with a Morgan Cox Award for service in 1997, the story notes.
His long list of TV writing credits includes such popular series as “The Flintstones,” “Gomer Pyle: USMC,” “Bewitched,” “That Girl,” “The Odd Couple,” “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Sanford and Son,” “CHiPs,” “Remington Steele” and “MacGyver.”