Sam Denoff, Emmy-Winning Co-Creator of ‘That Girl,’ Dies at 83

The Brooklyn-born TV scribe also wrote for “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Last Updated: July 11, 2011 @ 7:23 AM

Sam Denoff, the Emmy-winning television writer and co-creator of "That Girl," died Friday, July 8, at the age of 83.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Denoff had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and passed away at his home in Brentwood, CA.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Denoff started off working in radio before moving to Hollywood to try his hand at television. One of his first gigs: writing for the highly influential "The Steve Allen Show."

Denoff would go on to write for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" before teaming up with Bill Persky to create "That Girl" for Marlo Thomas in 1966. In later years, Denoff worked as a consultant on "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "Life With Bonnie."

His IMDB page contains an interesting bit of trivia: He was the comedian Andy Kaufmann's uncle.

The Archive of American Television's fascinating nine-part 2000 interview with Denoff is definitely worth your time.