Veteran comedy writer Jack Elinson has died at the age of 89.
The TV icon passed away from natural causes last Thursday (17Nov11) at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Elinson began his small screen career in the 1950s, penning jokes for U.S. variety programmes The Jimmy Durante Show and The Johnny Carson Show and he went on to write for popular series The Andy Griffith Show and Hogan's Heroes. He also honed his skills as a producer working on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and That Girl.
He earned an Emmy Award nomination in the Comedy Series category in 1961 and won a Writers Guild of America prize in 1962 for his work on the Manhunt episode of The Andy Griffith Show.