Andy Griffith producer Ruben dies

Ruben, who also produced TV hits Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Sanford and Son, died on Saturday (30Jan10) at his Beverly Hills home.

He began his Hollywood career as a comedy writer for U.S. radio shows and began writing and directing TV comedies in the 1950s.

Ruben wrote and produced The Andy Griffith Show for five seasons in the 1960s and served as executive producer of the Gomer Pyle show before working as one of the original producers of Sanford and Son in the 1970s.

He is survived by his wife, actress Maureen Arthur.