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'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'M*A*S*H' Writer Carl Kleinschmidt Dies at 85

Carl Kleinschmitt, sitcom writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show and M*A*S*H and created by Two TV series starring Sandy Duncan and the football comedy 1st and Ten have passed away. he is85.

A family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Kleinschmitt was often associated with the late Dale McRaven co-wrote and wrote episodes of other series such as Hey Louzhu , Good Morning World, Doris Day Show, That Girl, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Eddie’s Father’s Courtship, Love, American Style, My World and Welcome to It, Karen, Welcome back, Kotter and Love Boat.

He also wrote two features: Crazy Middle Age (1973), starring Bruce Dern and Ann-Margret, and Kiss shooting (1985), starring Whoopi Goldberg


at 1965, Kleinschmitt created the CBS sitcom Funny Face, loosely based on

Audrey Hepburn film musical of the same name, Duncan as Sandy Stockton , a student teacher who works part-time acting and modeling.

The show, highly touted but dismissed by critics, did not survive the year, only lasting Episodes . (Duncan was also diagnosed with a tumor behind his left eye that required surgery, which contributed to its short run.)

The following fall, Kleinschmidt took the Sandy Duncan is back on The Show, a comedy adaptation with new supporting cast (including Tom Bosley), now the Stockton character works at an advertising agency. Alas, that version only lasted episodes.

He found further success in HBO’s episodes one and ten , starring Delta Burke, Reid Shelton and OJ Simpson Starring and campaigning 78 Episodes and six seasons from 1971- 48.

Carl David Kleinschmitt was born in August in Los Angeles 13, 563. He grew up in the Atwater Village area and graduated from John Marshall High School. After attending Occidental College, he worked as a contributor.

In 681 , he meets future Happy Days creator Garry Marshall, who sends him Introduced to another budding writer, McRaven, and got the pair to work on the fourth and final season of NBC’s The Joey Bishop Show . By 1963, all three are writing for CBS The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Kleinschmitt and McRaven, who wrote nine episodes of legendary comedy over the final two seasons, shared a WGA Award for their first effort , “Br-rooom, Br-rooom,” Rob (Van Dyke) buys a motorcycle.

His first manager and lifelong friend, Arnold Margolin, recounts how Kleinschmitt was always in control while working with McRaven. “Carl and Dale would sit side by side at the typewriter, but only Carl could type,” he said.

No McRaven, Klein Schmidt in 1965 M*A*S*H episode “Sometimes You Hear the Bullet”, he was in 1973 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Series starring Pryor’s Place, Starring Richard Pryor.

Survivors include his wife of years, Los Angeles artist Pamela Burgess; daughter Kerry; grandsons Devin and Da Sting; and great-grandchildren Natalie and Sophia. Donations may be made in his name to Animal Resource Center Pasadena Humane.

Kleinschmidt McRaven Shares an office on Sunset Boulevard with Marshall and Jerry Belson and a third writing team, Margolin and Jim Parker. Every five years, they gather for lunch and pose for pictures in front of their old home.

” said Margolin, the group’s last surviving member. “Between six writers, we’ve created at least a dozen primetime comedy series Maintain close friendships. The five of us were always vying to be the class clown, but Carl was the big guy of the bunch—he was always trying to figure out how much each of us owed for lunch. “

Clockwise from bottom left: Jim Parker, Dale McRaven, Jerry Belson, Garry Marshall, Carl Kleinschmitt, and Arnold Margolin exist1937.
Courtesy of Garry Marshall Archives and Estate 2022



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