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Honeymooners writer, producer Leonard Stern dies at 87


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Leonard Stern, who wrote for The Honeymooners, The Phil Silvers Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, McMillan & Wife, and one of Lucy Carter's favourite shows, The Governor & J.J. has died at 87. In addition to McMillan & Wife and The Governor & J.J., Stern was also the executive producer of Get Smart, He & She, and I'm Dickens, He's Fenster.


Writer-producer-director Leonard Stern dies at 87

By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer

Posted: 06/08/2011 02:35:39 PM PDT

Updated: 06/08/2011 02:39:36 PM PDT


NEW YORK—Leonard Stern, a prolific writer-producer-director whose credits include "The Honeymooners," "Get Smart," and "McMillan and Wife," died Tuesday. He was 87.


Stern died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his spokesman, Dale Olson.


A native of New York City, Stern found early success in TV writing for Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners" as well as the classic 1950s sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show" and "The Steve Allen Show."


In the 1960s he produced the spy satire "Get Smart," and in the 1970s wrote, directed and produced "McMillan and Wife," the lighthearted crime drama starring Rock Hudson.


Film credits included screenplays for the 1952 version of "The Jazz Singer" starring Danny Thomas, as well as a pair of Abbott and Costello comedies. Three decades later, he wrote and directed "Just You and Me, Kid," starring George Burns and 14-year-old Brooke Shields. In 1985, he wrote the script for the action-thriller "Target," starring Gene Hackman and directed by Arthur Penn.


Stern was also involved in publishing, including the word game Mad Libs, which he co-created.


During his career he won three Emmy awards, two Golden Globes and a Peabody award.


Stern is survived by his wife of 55 years, actress Gloria Stroock, as well as a son, Michael Stern, a daughter, Kate Stern, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.


Funeral services were scheduled Friday at Mt. Sinai.



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