John Markus

It may seem hard to remember when the prime time American TV airwaves were not saturated with ghostwritten reality series, but during that era, writer John Markus was a man to be reckoned with. What's somewhat ... Read more »

Filmography

Producer (5)

BBQ Pitmasters 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Raising Dad 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kristin 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lateline 1985 - 1990, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Cosby Show 1984 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Writer (4)

A Different World 1985 - 1990, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Writer

Gimme a Break 1981 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Amanda's 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (2)

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

It may seem hard to remember when the prime time American TV airwaves were not saturated with ghostwritten reality series, but during that era, writer John Markus was a man to be reckoned with. What's somewhat remarkable about Markus is how different the two bookends of his career are. First, he helped shape America's favorite African-American family--before the Obamas--via multiple seasons of writing on "The Cosby Show", sharing an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy in 1985 and then being nominated the following year for that same award, as well as for two individual writing episodes ("Denise's Friend", "Theo's Holiday"). A decade later, Marcus was earning Emmy plaudits again for a completely different kind of comedy, the faux talk show Garry Shandling vehicle, "The Larry Sanders Show". The work done on the program was revolutionary in tone, setting the stage for everything from the mockumentary of highly inappropriate office life in "The Office" (both versions) to Larry David's hilarious interpretation of his own life in "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Amazingly, although Markus wrote only two episodes, he was nominated for one of them, "Ellen, Or Isn't She?", based on a story by future feature film comedy superstar Judd Apatow.

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