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Larry Gelbart
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    (February 25, 1928-September 11, 2009)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Co-creator of the TV series M*A*S*H
    Wrote screenplays for the movies 'The Wrong Box' (1966), 'Oh, God!' (1977), 'Movie Movie' (1978), 'Tootsie' (1982) and 'Blame It On Rio' (1984)
    Co-wrote the Broadway musicals 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum' (1962) and 'City of Angels' (1989)
    Gag writer for Bob Hope, Jack Paar, Red Buttons and Sid Caesar
    Wrote the memoir 'Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh God and a Few Other Funny Things' (1997)
    He got his start when his father, a barber in Beberly Hills, boasted about his talents to a customer, Danny Thomas.
    His first Broadway musical, The Conquering Hero, closed after eight performances (1961).
    After having 'creative differences' with Dustin Hoffman during the filming of 'Tootsie,' he said 'Never work with an Oscar winner who is smaller than the statue.'
    He blogged for the Huffington Post.
    He was the subject of an internet death hoax on the alt.obituaries board (2008).
    He spoke only Yiddish until age four.
    He was a professional comedy writer at age 16.
    He visited military installations around the world as a writer for Bob Hope's USO tours.
    He won three Emmys and three Tonys.
    He was married to Patricia Marshall for 53 years until his death.
    Mel Brooks said, 'He was a marvelous writer who could do more with words than anybody I ever met.'

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