Known for movies

Short Info

DiedSeptember 11, 2009, Beverly Hills, California, United States
SpousePatricia Marshall
FactWas one of Bob Hope's writers on Hope's USO tours of US military installations around the world.


Larry Gelbart was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 25, 1928. His parents, Morris and Irene (nee Diamond) Gelbart, were Jewish immigrants from Russia. He had two older brothers, Ben and Max. Gelbart was educated at the Francis W. Parker School and at Tuley High School. He later attended Northwestern University, where he wrote for the student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern.

Gelbart’s first professional writing job was as a staff writer for the radio show “The Jack Benny Program.” He later wrote for television shows such as “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “M*A*S*H.” He won four Emmy Awards for his work on “M*A*S*H.”

Gelbart’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He was married to Patricia Marshall from 1954 until her death in 2009. They had three children together: Deborah, Aaron, and Julie. Gelbart was previously married to Selma Stern from 1947 to 1953.

Gelbart was 5’10” tall and had brown hair and brown eyes.

General Info

Full NameLarry Gelbart
DiedSeptember 11, 2009, Beverly Hills, California, United States
ProfessionFilm producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Television Director, Television producer
EducationFairfax High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpousePatricia Marshall
ParentsFrieda Sturner, Harry Gelbart
SiblingsMarcia Gelbart Walkenstein

Accomplishments

AwardsTony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Mastercard Best New Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musica...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy...
MoviesTootsie, Oh, God!, Bedazzled, Blame It on Rio, The Notorious Landlady, Movie Movie, The Wrong Box, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, Barbarians at the Gate, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, The Thrill of It All, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Fine Pai...
TV ShowsM*A*S*H, AfterMASH, Roll Out, W*A*L*T*E*R, Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials: Barbra Streisand... and Other Musical Instruments, Karen

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Quotes

#Quote
1My father has the distinction of having barbered JFK's hair when he was president, and years earlier in the 1930s and 1940s, he used to cut Jack Ruby's hair.
2After vaudeville died, television was the box they put it in.
3Today's audience knows more about what's on television than what's in life.
4I don't think networks learn anything from anything.
5The experience of Tootsie (1982) taught me to never work with an Oscar winner who is smaller than the statue.
6If [Adolf Hitler] is still alive, I hope he's out of town with a musical.

Facts

#Fact
1Stepgrandfather of Sasha Gelbart.
2Stepfather of Cathy Gelbart.
3Profiled in "The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age" by Jordan Young (BearManor Media).
4His father was a barber.
5Began writing comedy scripts at the age of sixteen.
6Has won three Tony Awards: two in 1963 in collaboration with Burt Shevelove, as Best Author (Musical) and for their book as part of a Best Musical win for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;" and in 1990, on his own, as Best Book (Musical) for "City of Angels."
7"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Outstanding Musical Production.
8Although frequently credited as a writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (1950), Gelbart actually joined Caesar after the series ended, and worked on Caesar's Hour (1954), which was a show much like "Your Show of Shows"
9Was one of Bob Hope's writers on Hope's USO tours of US military installations around the world.
10He has won over a dozen different awards including three Emmys, three Tonys and the 1981 Laurel Award for outstanding career achievement in television writing from the Writer's Guild of America.

Pictures

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Caesar's HourTV Series 1 episode, 1956 writer - 4 episodes, 1954 - 1957
The Red Buttons Show1952TV Series
All Star RevueTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1952 written by - 1 episode, 1952
The Colgate Comedy Hour1950-1952TV Series 2 episodes
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself2003TV Movie written by
C-Scam2000
Bedazzled2000screenplay
Weapons of Mass Distraction1997TV Movie written by
Barbarians at the Gate1993TV Movie teleplay
Mastergate1992TV Movie play / teleplay
After MASHTV Series developed for television by - 27 episodes, 1983 - 1985 developer - 2 episodes, 1983 written by - 2 episodes, 1983
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentary written by
Blame It on Rio1984screenplay
M*A*S*HTV Series developed for television by - 251 episodes, 1972 - 1983 written by - 30 episodes, 1972 - 1976 teleplay by - 8 episodes, 1973 - 1975 story by - 2 episodes, 1973 - 1975
Tootsie1982screenplay / story
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentary
Neighbors1981screenplay
Rough Cut1980as Francis Burns
United States1980TV Series written by - 7 episodes
Movie Movie1978written by
Oh, God!1977screenplay
Riding High1977TV Movie written by
Three's Company1976TV Series written by - 1 episode
Karen1975TV Series written by - 1 episode
If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?1974TV Movie teleplay
Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments1973TV Special dialogue written by
Roll OutTV Series written by - 4 episodes, 1973 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1973 story - 1 episode, 1973 creator - 1 episode, 1973
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine1971-1972TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Eddie1971TV Movie creator / teleplay
Comedy Playhouse1971TV Series episode "My Wives Jane"
A Fine Pair1968uncredited
On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who...1967
The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special1967TV Special "Gallipacci" was based on an original sketch by
Not with My Wife, You Don't!1966screenplay
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum1966book
The Wrong Box1966written for the screen by
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV Series 1 episode
The Thrill of It All1963story
Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet1963TV Movie
The Notorious Landlady1962screenplay
Chevrolet Golden Anniversary1961TV Special written by
General Electric Theater1960TV Series 1 episode
Hooray for Love1960TV Movie
The Best of Anything1960TV Movie
Art Carney SpecialTV Series 1 episode, 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1959
Startime1959TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sid Caesar Show1958TV Movie writer
The Patrice Munsel ShowTV Series written by - 1 episode, 1958 script - 1 episode, 1957
Sid Caesar Invites You1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment1957TV Movie

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself2003TV Movie executive producer
Corsairs2002TV Movie producer
Fast Track1997-1998TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Weapons of Mass Distraction1997TV Movie executive producer
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentary producer
Blame It on Rio1984executive producer
United States1980TV Series producer
M*A*S*H1973-1976TV Series producer - 72 episodes
If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?1974TV Movie producer
Roll Out1973TV Series producer - 10 episodes
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine1971-1972TV Series producer - 15 episodes
The Wrong Box1966co-producer

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th1998TV Special creative consultant
After MASHTV Series creative supervisor - 5 episodes, 1983 creative consultant - 1 episode, 1984
M*A*S*H1972-1973TV Series executive script consultant - 19 episodes

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
C-Scam2000
After MASH1983-1984TV Series 2 episodes
M*A*S*H1974-1976TV Series 6 episodes

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frasier2001TV SeriesJoe

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV Series writer - 1 episode

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary special thanks
Remarks on Marx2004Video short special thanks
Caesar's Writers1996TV Movie documentary thanks
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentary special thanks
M*A*S*H1978TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography1997-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Writer / Himself / Himself - Writer for Bob Hope
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie2008Video documentaryHimself
The Foreign Eye2006DocumentaryHimself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie2005DocumentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2004TV SeriesHimself
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!2004Video documentary shortHimself
Remarks on Marx2004Video shortHimself
Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - Shining Stars2003VideoHimself
Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Impact of Sid Caesar2003VideoHimself
Sid Caesar Collection: Buried Treasures - The Legend of Sid Caesar2003VideoHimself
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Perfect Pitch2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV's Most Censored Moments2002TV Special documentaryHimself
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Milton Berle: An All-Star Tribute to 'Mr. Television'2002VideoHimself
Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy2001DocumentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - The Dream Team of Comedy2001Video documentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - Love & Laughter2001Video documentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites - The Professor and Other Clowns2001Video documentaryHimself
Great Performances1997-2001TV SeriesHimself
History vs. Hollywood2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: Creating the Comedy2000Video documentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: Inside the Writer's Room2000Video documentaryHimself
The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV2000Video documentary
Inside TV Land: The Dick Van Dyke Show2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
M*A*S*H, Tootsie & God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star1996Video documentaryHimself
Caesar's Writers1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 50th Anniversary Celebration Tribute to Bob Hope1996Video documentaryHimself
Jackie Mason: An Equal Opportunity Offender1995VideoHimself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Book of a Musical
Working in the Theatre1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Looks Familiar1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Making 'M*A*S*H'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Co-Winner: Outstanding Comedy Series
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2009Impact AwardTV Land AwardsM*A*S*H (1972)
2007Kieser AwardHumanitas Prize
2007Valentine Davies AwardWriters Guild of America, USA
2004WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAOriginal Long FormAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
1998Literary AwardPEN Center USA West Literary AwardsTeleplayWeapons of Mass Distraction (1997)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Movie or MiniseriesBarbarians at the Gate (1993)
1994WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAdapted Long FormBarbarians at the Gate (1993)
1983NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayTootsie (1982)
1983WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenTootsie (1982)
1982LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayTootsie (1982)
1982NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayTootsie (1982)
1981Laurel Award for TV Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
1979WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenMovie Movie (1978)
1978WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Adapted from Another MediumOh, God! (1977)
1976Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize30 Minute Network or Syndicated TelevisionM*A*S*H (1972)
1976WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)
1975WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)
1973WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2003Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
2002Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a SpecialWeapons of Mass Distraction (1997)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsMovie or MiniseriesBarbarians at the Gate (1993)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsWriting an Entertainment SpecialMastergate (1992)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a SpecialBarbarians at the Gate (1993)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesAfter MASH (1983)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedTootsie (1982)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenTootsie (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureTootsie (1982)
1981WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyUnited States (1980)
1978OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumOh, God! (1977)
1978Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingOh, God! (1977)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or MusicBarbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973)
1974WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)
1974WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in ComedyM*A*S*H (1972)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy or VarietyThe Danny Kaye Show (1963)
1963WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American ComedyThe Notorious Landlady (1962)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Writing of a Single Musical or Variety ProgramThe Sid Caesar Show (1958)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Comedy WritingCaesar's Hour (1954)
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation ComedyCaesar's Hour (1954)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Comedy WritingCaesar's Hour (1954)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1978NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayMovie Movie (1978)

3rd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1979NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayMovie Movie (1978)
1978LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMovie Movie (1978)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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