Writer Mickey Rose, Collaborator of Woody Allen, Dies at 77

He was a high school friend of the director and co-wrote "Bananas" and "Take the Money and Run"

Mickey Rose, a childhood friend of Woody Allen who co-wrote his movies "Bananas" and "Take the Money and Run", has died at the age of 77.

He died Sunday at his Beverly Hills home, a family member told the Los Angeles Times.

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Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, sharing a love of playing jazz and baseball, they became friends.

Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including "The Smothers Brothers," ''All in the Family" and "The Odd Couple." He also co-wrote "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" with Allen.

Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen.

In a statement, Allen says Rose was one of the funniest humans he's known — and a "wonderful first baseman."