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Sy Gomberg (August 19, 1918 February 11, 2001) was an American Oscar-nominated film screenwriter, producer, and activist, who taught screenwriting to University of Southern California students for over a decades.

Gomberg was born in New York City, and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. [1] He spent World War II in the First Motion Picture Unit in Hollywood. After the war, he was a contributor to Collier's Weekly and the Saturday Evening Post . In 1951, he received an Academy Award nomination for When Willie Comes Marching Home – which was based on a story Gomberg originally wrote for Collier's. He was also nominated the same year for Best Screenplay for Summer Stock . He also created, produced and wrote the 1960s ABC legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones starring James Whitmore.

A supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Gomberg organized members of the film industry to march with Martin Luther King Jr., in Alabama.[ when? ]

In 1957 Gomberg married actress Maxine Cooper. [2] They remained together until his death at age 82 in Brentwood, California. His wife had one son from her previous marriage; they had two daughters together.

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  1. Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-hours Tour, page 226
  2. "Maxine Cooper". The Daily Telegraph . 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-04-22.