The Beatles” writer Bruce Howard dead at 86

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Emmy-nominated TV writer Bruce Howard, an uncred­ited story man for all 39 episodes of King Fea­tures Syndicate’s 1965–67 The Bea­t­les car­toon series, died Mon­day in Stu­dio City, Cal­i­for­nia of nat­ural causes. He was 86.

Howard wrote 32 episodes of The Red Skel­ton Hour in 1962–63, and was nom­i­nated for an Emmy for his work.

For Famous Stu­dios’ King Fea­tures Tril­ogy, he wrote the 1963 Bee­tle Bai­ley episodes “The Jinx,” “For Offi­cers Only,” “The Spy,” “The Diet,” “Bridge on the River ‘Y,’” “Halftrack’s Navy” and “Geron­imo.” Also for the tril­ogy, he wrote the Snuffy Smith and Bar­ney Google episodes “The Mas­ter,” “Spring­time and Spark­plug,” “The Berkley Squares” and “The Hat.”

He made a brief return to ani­ma­tion in 1987, when — cred­ited as “Butch Howard” — he penned Invis­i­bly Yours, George, an episode of the revived The Jet­sons.

Howard wrote mul­ti­ple episodes of such com­edy series as Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch and Good Times, as well as McHale’s Navy and The Love Boat. He wrote one or two episodes each of The Lucy Show, I Dream of Jean­nie, The Jef­fer­sons, Alice, Too Close for Com­fort, Punky Brew­ster, What’s Hap­pen­ing and One Day at a Time.

He wrote dozens of episodes of The Dukes of Haz­zard and was the show’s story edi­tor from 1979–83.

Born in Brook­lyn, Howard was also an actor. He began in show busi­ness as a standup comic work­ing with such oth­ers as Mil­ton Berle and Shecky Greene. He appeared in the Catskills and else­where around the United States.

Bruce Howard is sur­vived by his wife of 39 years, Gaye; three sons; and a daughter.

[Via Vari­]

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