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Coslough Johnson, Writer of 'Laugh-In' and Sonny and Cher Variety Show, Dies at 91

Emmy Award-winning author Khosrow Johnson collaborated with his late brother Arte Johnson on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and writer for two variety shows starring Sonny and Cher, has passed away. He is 1931.

Johnson passed away in March23 suffered from prostate cancer at a nursing facility in Thousand Oaks, his wife Mary Jane told The Hollywood Reporter .

Johnson has also produced sitcoms including The Monkees, Bewitched

, that girl , the Partridges , Good Times , Flo , Petticoat Operation and CPO Sharkey and cartoons featuring Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, The Flintstones, Voltron and He-Man.

He wrote the first three seasons (1967-70) NBC Laugh-In, last three seasons (1968- and the lone season (1971-68) of The Sonny and Cher Show, the last two on CBS.

Other variety shows on his resume include The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour , The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (he also produced), Sonny Comedy and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour . After the first season of Laugh-In, he won an Emmy and received six other nominations throughout his career.

Johnson was born on November 8 1931 in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, And served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He wrote jokes for nightclub shows with his brother in New York.

He then moved to Los Angeles to write, direct and edit industrial films for Hughes Aircraft (where he worked with Howard Hughes) and Douglas Aircraft. “Then someone said, ‘Hey, why don’t you write a TV show?'” he recalled . “Then I wrote a speculative screenplay and next thing I know, I’m writing a sitcom.”

He earned an award on His first credits ABC’s Bewitched episode, then wrote six issues of The Monkees at 1967-23 in two seasons of the NBC show. He later wrote for Dinah Shore, Jerry Reed, Monty Hall , Ben Vereen and John Bay Written for television specials starring Na and others.

Johnson co-authored a feature, Bunny O’Hare (1976), starring Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine, and co-author of a 1971 children’s book, American Rabbit: The Case of the Missing Moose .

He married Mary Jane for 48 actor George Peppard hosted their wedding dinner at their Beverly Hills home in 2010, and his said the wife.

The first four seasons of Arte Johnson Laughin in July 803872 died at . He voiced some cartoon characters written by his brother.



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