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June 5, 1908
|Died||March 6, 1995 86) (aged|
|Occupation||television writer, producer|
Edward 'Ed' James (June 5, 1908 – March 6, 1995) was an American television writer and television producer during the 1950s and 1960s. Among his credits are contributions to the long-running television sitcoms Father Knows Best (based on the characters created by Ed James) and F Troop . He also produced the 1959 film No Place Like Home
James' career as a comedy writer spanned four decades, and encompassed work in both radio and television. After working as a freelance writer, it was in 1949 that he had the idea for the sitcom Father Knows Best . He wrote the pilot episode which aired on U.S. radio. The series later enjoyed a successful television run during the 1950s and early '60s. James went on to write for other shows, including Leave It to Beaver , F Troop and My Favorite Martian . He retired in 1972, and died 23 years later in San Diego, California.
Ed James married Louise E Neagley (a secretary at NBC ) in 1955 which produced one daughter (Jacqueline “Lyn”). He adopted a daughter (Jennifer) during his previous marriage and from Louise's previous marriage, adopted her youngest son (Steven). Ed and Louise's extended family also included Richard and Keith Kelley. Ed and Louise were married until his death in 1995, nearly 40 years. Louise died December 31, 2011.
John Edward Thaw, was an English actor who appeared in a range of television, stage, and cinema roles. He starred in the television series Inspector Morse as title character Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, Redcap as Sergeant John Mann, The Sweeney as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, Home to Roost as Henry Willows, and Kavanagh QC as title character James Kavanagh.
Herman Raymond Walston was an American actor and comedian, well known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. His major film, television, and stage roles included Luther Billis, Mr. Applegate, J. J. Singleton, Poopdeck Pappy (Popeye), Mr. Hand, Candy, Glen Bateman, and Judge Henry Bone. He also played one of the miners in Paint Your Wagon with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood.
John Allen Astin is an American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television series, as well as a television director and voice artist. He is best known for starring as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (1964–1966), reprising the role in the television film Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977) and the animated series The Addams Family (1992–1993). Notable film projects include West Side Story (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), Move Over, Darling (1963), Freaky Friday (1976), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Teen Wolf Too (1987) and The Frighteners (1996). His second wife was actress Patty Duke and he is the adoptive father of Duke's son, actor Sean Astin.
Leave It to Beaver is an American television sitcom broadcast between 1957 and 1963 about an inquisitive and often naïve boy, Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, and his adventures at home, school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver's brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.
Gale Gordon was an American character actor perhaps best remembered as Lucille Ball's longtime television foil—and particularly as cantankerously combustible, tightfisted bank executive Theodore J. Mooney, on Ball's second television situation comedy, The Lucy Show. Gordon also appeared in I Love Lucy and had starring roles in Ball's successful third series Here's Lucy and her short-lived fourth and final series Life with Lucy.
My Favorite Martian is an American science fiction sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963 to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show stars Ray Walston as Uncle Martin and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara. The first two seasons, totaling 75 episodes, were in black and white, while the 32 episodes of season three were in color.
Richard Deacon was an American television and motion picture actor, best known for playing supporting roles in television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It To Beaver, and The Jack Benny Program along with minor roles in films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
James Patrick Francis O'Malley was an English singer and character actor who appeared in many American films and television programmes from the 1940s to 1982, using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley. He also appeared on the Broadway stage in Ten Little Indians (1944) and Dial M for Murder (1954).
Eleanor Audley was an American character actress. With a distinctive voice and a diverse body of work that included stage, film, radio, television and animation, Audley was best known for her roles as aristocratic, somewhat villainous matrons. She is best remembered for originating the voices of two Disney Villains: Lady Tremaine in Cinderella (1950); and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959); and on television as Eunice Douglas on the CBS sitcom Green Acres (1965—1969).
Parley Edward Baer was an American actor in radio and later in television and film. Despite dozens of appearances in television series and theatrical films, he remains best known as the original "Chester" in the radio version of Gunsmoke, and as the Mayor of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.
David White was an American stage, film and television actor best known for playing Darrin Stephens' boss Larry Tate on the 1964–72 ABC situation comedy Bewitched.
Frank Denny De Vol was an American actor, and using the name De Vol was an arranger and composer. As a composer he was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Andrew Duggan was an American character actor of both film and television.
Richard Baer was an American writer and screenwriter. Baer wrote for more than 56 television shows, many of which were sitcoms, throughout his career, including The Munsters, Leave It to Beaver and Bewitched.
Sarah Lynne Marshall was an English actress. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Goodbye Charlie.
Herbie Faye was an American actor and vaudeville comedian who appeared in both of Phil Silvers' CBS television series, The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959) and The New Phil Silvers Show (1963–1964).
Philip Mark Goldberg, known professionally as Flip Mark, is an American former child actor. He was mostly active in the 1960s.
George Cisar was an American actor who performed in more than one hundred roles in two decades as a character actor in film and television, often in prominent Hollywood productions. He frequently played background parts such as policemen or bartenders.
David Alexander was an American television director. He directed episodes of the CBS series The Best of Broadway and several popular 1960s television shows, including: My Favorite Martian, Petticoat Junction, Get Smart, The Munsters, F Troop and The Brady Bunch. He also directed two episodes, Plato's Stepchildren and The Way to Eden, of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Ted Sherdeman was an American radio producer, television writer and screenwriter. He was known for the films The Eddie Cantor Story (1953), Away All Boats (1956), St. Louis Blues (1958), A Dog of Flanders (1960) and Misty (1961); and the TV series Wagon Train (1958-1965), Hazel (1963-1966), My Favorite Martian (1964), Flying Nun (1968), Bewitched (1965). He died on 22 August 1987 in Santa Ana, California at aged 77.
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