Ed James (writer)

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Ed James
Edward James

(1908-06-05)June 5, 1908
DiedMarch 6, 1995(1995-03-06) (aged 86)
San Diego, California, United States
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. [1]


Personal life

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. [2]

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  1. "Edward James; Screenwriter, 87". New York Times. March 10, 1995. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  2. "Louise E James" Union-Tribune San Diego. Jan. 15, 2012