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Comedy Writer Danny Simon Dies at 86

(Posted July 28, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

 Danny Simon, a comedy writer who together with his brother, Neil, wrote for such classic 1950s television series as "Your Show of Shows," has died of complications of a stroke. He was 86.

Danny Simon died Tuesday in Portland, Ore., Neil Simon said Wednesday.

It was Danny Simon who mentored his younger sibling, as well as nicknaming him "Doc." They worked together in radio in the late 1940s and then in television, a period of their lives chronicled in Neil Simon's 1993 play, "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

The brothers wrote not only for "Your Show of Shows," 90 minutes of live, original comedy starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, but also for "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Red Buttons Show" and "The Phil Silvers Show," in which the popular comedian portrayed the conniving Army Sgt. Ernie Bilko.

Source: Yahoo! TV

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