February 25, 1928 to
September 11, 2009
Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California
Gelbart was one
of the main forces behind the creation of the television
series M*A*S*H, writing the pilot (for which he
received a "Developed for Television by..." credit) and
then producing, often writing and occasionally directing
the series for its first four seasons (1972–1976).
M*A*S*H earned Gelbart a Peabody Award and an Emmy
for Outstanding Comedy Series and went on to
considerable commercial and critical success.
Gelbart's best known screen work is perhaps the
screenplay for 1982's Tootsie, which he co-wrote
with Murray Schisgal.. He was nominated for an Academy
Award for that script, and also was Oscar-nominated for
his original screenplay for 1977's Oh, God!
starring George Burns. Gelbart was diagnosed with
in June and died at his Beverly Hills home on September
11, 2009. His wife of 53 years, Pat Gelbart, said that
after being married for so long, "we finished each
other's sentences." She declined to specify the type of
cancer he had.-WIKIPEDIA
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