Producer and Director Behind a String of Successful Sitcoms Dies

Jan 26, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A veteran television producer, director and writer known for his work on successful sitcoms from the 1970s through the 1990s has died. Gary Menteer, who had a long run on “Family Matters,” died Jan. 18 at a medical center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 76.

Menteer was behind the scenes on “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Punky Brewster,” “Malcolm & Eddie” and other TV shows. Earlier in his career, he performed as an original cast member in “Music Man” on Broadway.

The former actor and choreographer was a frequent collaborator with well-known TV producer Garry Marshall. Back in 1977 he was a choreographer and associate producer on the short-lived comedy “Blansky’s Beauties” on ABC, co-created by Marshall.

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