Ben Starr

The television show "Diff'rent Strokes" will always be best remembered as the breakthrough vehicle for Gary Coleman (and his cute, wise-cracking character, Arnold Jackson). However, there were quite a few lesser-known ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1921

Filmography

Writer (18)

Small Wonder 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Silver Spoons 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Mork and Mindy 1978 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Writer

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys" 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

My Favorite Martians 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Mission Magic 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

My Sister Hank 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

How to Commit Marriage 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Ed 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

My Favorite Martian 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our Man Flint 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Texas Across the River 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pad 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Writer

Bachelor Father 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (4)

Survivor 2015 (Movie)

Sniper (Actor)

The Musketeers 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lunch 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dickensian (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer
Executive (1)

The Facts of Life 1978 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Biography

The television show "Diff'rent Strokes" will always be best remembered as the breakthrough vehicle for Gary Coleman (and his cute, wise-cracking character, Arnold Jackson). However, there were quite a few lesser-known figures who played a major hand in the show's success, such as writer/producer Ben Starr. Starr got his start during the formative stages of television, writing for such early 1950s programs as "My Hero," "I Married Joan," and "The Ray Milland Show: Meet Mr. McNulty." In the early 1960s, Starr landed his breakthrough assignment--writing 40 episodes for the hit comedy "Mister Ed." Subsequently, Starr would write for other hit shows (albeit in a very brief/often single show capacity), including "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Brady Bunch," and "Maude," as well as more extended writing assignments for "Chico and the Man" and "All in the Family." But it was "Diff'rent Strokes" that was Starr's "pièce de résistance," as he produced 70 episodes and wrote 27 episodes between 1978 and 1982. Starr would also latch onto two other long-term shows as a writer during this time, "The Facts of Life" and "Silver Spoons." Additionally, a pair of award nominations would come Starr's way over the years, including an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1956 for the TV series "Climax!," and a Writers Guild of America Award in 1967 for the movie "Our Man Flint."

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