Bill Idelson

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Though Bill Idelson (also occasionally credited as William Idelson) ultimately established himself as one of television's most prolific writers, many aficionados of vintage small-screen programming will recall him for his memorable on-camera portrayal of Sally's (Rose Marie) boyfriend on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966). Born in Chicago, Idelson entered show business as a child, co-starring in the popular radio program Vic & Sade; its creator, Paul Rhymer, reportedly inspired his young performer to take up a writing career. Idelson kick-started his trade as a scribe with a teleplay for Rod Serling's Twilight Zone: the 1961 "Long Distance Call" (with Billy Mumy as a boy who converses with his deceased grandmother on a toy telephone). Idelson then began to specialize in television comedy, and went on to author episodes of programs including The Flintstones, Get Smart The Dick Van Dyke Show, M*A*S*H, and The Andy Griffith Show. Idelson branched out into producing in the 1970s, amassing credits that included the series The Bob Newhart Show and Love, American Style; he also continued his acting appearances, with guest spots on programs ranging from The Odd Couple to Will & Grace. In Hollywood, Idelson became a mentor to scores of writers and ran a series of famed writing workshops. He died on New Year's Eve 2007, at age 88. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Filmography

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The War at Home
2005-2007
William
  • 2007
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Ben
  • 2001
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Screenwriter
  • 1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Psychiatrist
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Screenwriter Judge
  • 1974
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Screenwriter
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Screenwriter Bellboy Herman Herman Glimshire Herman Glimsher
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Leroy
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Screenwriter
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Newstand Worker
  • 1959

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