Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart

Highest Rated: 90% Tootsie (1982)

Lowest Rated: 50% Bedazzled (2000)

Birthday: Feb 25, 1928

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

As one of the premiere writers to have worked on the small screen, Larry Gelbart was responsible for creating some of the finest television in history. After getting his start writing for Danny Thomas' radio show, Gelbart was at the forefront of the Golden Age of television, writing for such programs as "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS/NBC, 1952-55), "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57) and "The Art Carney Show" (NBC, 1959). Having honed his chops among other top comedic talent like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon, Gelbart broke away from television to write for the theater, penning the short-lived musical "The Conquering Hero" (1960) and the book for the stage musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1962). After spending the rest of the decade writing various film, television and stage projects, Gelbart produced his first television series, "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), arguably the greatest sitcom of all time. Part situation comedy; part rumination on the tragic consequences of war, "M*A*S*H" became not only a long-running ratings winner, but an iconic American series that boasted the most-watched final episode in television history, while continuing to live on in syndication for decades to come. Gelbart went on to find success in the feature world, earning Oscar nominations for writing "Oh, God!" (1977) and "Tootsie" (1982). Though he maintained a successful and lucrative career, writing an adaptation of "Barbarians at the Gates" (HBO, 1993) and producing "Weapons of Mass Distraction" (HBO, 1997), Gelbart never again reached the creative heights of "M*A*S*H." But he remained throughout the decades one of the most influential comedy writers of all time.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 53% And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Writer - 2003
50% 42% Bedazzled Screenwriter $37.9M 2000
No Score Yet 50% Weapons of Mass Distraction Executive Producer,
Writer
- 1997
90% 81% Tootsie Writer - 1982
No Score Yet 42% Not With My Wife, You Don't! Writer (Screenplay) - 1966
88% 70% The Wrong Box Producer - 1966
No Score Yet 56% The Notorious Landlady Writer - 1962

TV

Credit
93% 94% Frasier Joe (Guest Voice) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Track Producer 1997-1998
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Writer 1972-1973

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