Larry Gelbart

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
As one of the premiere writers to have worked on the small screen, Larry Gelbart was responsible for creating some of the finest television in history. After getting his start writing for Danny Thomas' radio show ... Read more »
Born: 02/25/1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (26)

Bedazzled 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rough Cut 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oh, God! 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Riding High 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Eddie 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

My Wives Jane 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

A Fine Pair 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Danny Kaye Show 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

Writer

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 (Movie)

("A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum") (Play as Source Material)

The Chastity Belt 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Sid Caesar Show 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Writer

Your Show of Shows 1949 - 1954 (TV Show)

Writer

Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (25)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1984, 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Angie Dickinson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

History Vs. Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The College of Comedy With Alan King III 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon: The People's Playwright 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Writers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter
Producer (9)

Fast Track 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

United States 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Roll Out! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Karen (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director
Music (1)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)
Other (1)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

As one of the premiere writers to have worked on the small screen, Larry Gelbart was responsible for creating some of the finest television in history. After getting his start writing for Danny Thomas' radio show, Gelbart was at the forefront of the Golden Age of television, writing for such programs as "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS/NBC, 1952-55), "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57) and "The Art Carney Show" (NBC, 1959). Having honed his chops among other top comedic talent like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon, Gelbart broke away from television to write for the theater, penning the short-lived musical "The Conquering Hero" (1960) and the book for the stage musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1962). After spending the rest of the decade writing various film, television and stage projects, Gelbart produced his first television series, "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), arguably the greatest sitcom of all time. Part situation comedy; part rumination on the tragic consequences of war, "M*A*S*H" became not only a long-running ratings winner, but an iconic American series that boasted the most-watched final episode in television history, while continuing to live on in syndication for decades to come. Gelbart went on to find success in the feature world, earning Oscar nominations for writing "Oh, God!" (1977) and "Tootsie" (1982). Though he maintained a successful and lucrative career, writing an adaptation of "Barbarians at the Gates" (HBO, 1993) and producing "Weapons of Mass Distraction" (HBO, 1997), Gelbart never again reached the creative heights of "M*A*S*H." But he remained throughout the decades one of the most influential comedy writers of all time.

Relationships

Frieda Gelbart

Mother

Gary Gelbart

Step-Son

Paul Gelbart

Step-Son

Harry Gelbart

Father

Becky Gelbart

Daughter
Born c. 1965 mother, Patricia Marshall

Adam Gelbart

Son
Born c. 1960 mother, Patricia Marshall

Cathy Gelbart

Step-Daughter
Died of cancer at age 50 on October 10, 1998

Patricia Marshall

Wife
Married from Nobermber 25, 1956 until his death in 2009 had three children from previous marriage to Dan Markowitz

EDUCATION

Fairfax High School

Los Angeles , California
Began writing for the radio show "Maxwell House Coffee Time with Danny Thomas" while still in high school

John Marshall High School

Chicago , Illinois
Transferred to Fairfax High School when family moved to LA

Milestones

2003

Executive producer and writer for the HBO special, "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself"

2002

Had adaptation of "Lysistrata" (with music by Alan Menken) cancelled by the American Repertory Theater for being "ferociously obscene"

2002

Writer for the screen adaption of the musical, "Chicago"

2000

Penned 26 five-minute episodes for a politically-themed Internet comedy

2000

Contributed to the script for the remake of "Bedazzled"

1997

Served as executive producer of the Showtime series, "Fast Track"

1997

Executive produced and wrote the TV-movie, "Weapons of Mass Distraction" (HBO)

1993

Wrote the TV adaptation of "Barbarians at the Gate" (HBO)

1992

Adapted his play "Mastergate" for Showtime

1989

Scored a success with the Broadway musical, "City of Angeles"

1989

Wrote the play, "Mastergate," a satire on the Iran-Contra hearings; opened and closed on Broadway after just 68 performances

1984

Wrote last feature for over a decade, "Blame It on Rio"; directed by Stanley Donen

1983

Wrote and directed episodes of the CBS series, "AfterMASH"

1982

Shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for "Tootsie"

1980

Scripted the TV series, "United States" (NBC)

1980

Took his name off the final version of "Rough Cut" (billed as Francis Burns)

1978

Contributed to the script of "Movie Movie"; directed by Stanley Donen

1977

Earned first Academy Award nomination for his script, "Oh, God!"

1976

Returned to Broadway as the playwright of "Sly Fox" starring George C. Scott (and later Jackie Gleason)

1975

Executive produced and wrote episodes of the ABC sitcom, "Karen" starring Karen Valentine

1973

Co-wrote the award-winning variety special, "Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments" (CBS)

1973

Produced and wrote several episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Roll Out!"

1972

One of the creators of CBS' "M*A*S*H"; also wrote, produced and directed many episodes until leaving after the fourth season

1968

Co-wrote "A Fine Pair"; last fim for eight years

1966

Produced first feature, "The Wrong Box"; also wrote screenplay

1963

Was a writer for the CBS series, "The Danny Kaye Show"

1963

Penned the variety special "Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet"

1962

Co-wrote with Burt Shevelove, the book for the stage musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1962

Wrote first film, "The Notorious Landlady"

1960

Penned the libretto for the musical, "The Conquering Hero"; show closed after seven performances

1959

Co-wrote for the NBC variety special, "The Art Carney Show"

1954

Teamed with Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Mel Tolkin to write for NBC's "Caesar's Hour" starring Sid Caesar

1952

Wrote for "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS, 1952-54; NBC, 1954-55)

1952

Was a staff writer on NBC's "The All-Star Revue"

1950

Produced first play, "My L.A."

1946

Wrote for the radio show, "Duffy's Tavern"

1946

Served in the US Army

Was a gag writer for "The Bob Hope Show" on the radio

Screen tested by Twentieth Century Fox; did not pass the audition process

Through his father (who was Danny Thomas' barber), landed first writing job on the radio show, "Maxwell House Coffee Time with Danny Thomas"

Bonus Trivia

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Formerly owned the restaurant Basin Street West in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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Gelbart was a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

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