Jack Elinson, Veteran TV Comedy Writer, Dies at 89

Decades-long career includes work on such classics as “Andy Griffith Show,” “Hogan's Heroes” and “Good Times”

Jack Elinson, a veteran TV comedy writer and producer, died Thursday of natural causes at his Santa Monica home, the Writers Guild of America, West announced Monday. He was 89.

Elinson, who cut his teeth writing jokes for Walter Winchell's newspaper column, rose to prominence in the 1950s working on such Golden Age fare as "The Jimmy Durante Show," "The Johnny Carson Show" and "The Colgate Comedy Hour." The following decade saw him writing for series including "The Danny Thomas Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Hogan's Heroes," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "That Girl," the latter two of which he also produced.

Elinson's other credits include "Good Times" and "One Day at a Time" and "The Facts of Life." Nominated for an Emmy in the Comedy Series category in 1961, he won a WGA award for co-writing the 1962 "Manhunt" episode of "The Andy Griffith Show."

He is survived by his four children, his second wife Estelle and her three children, and 12 grandchildren.