Ray Singer, 76, radio and TV comedy writer, died Monday of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
A native of New York City, Singer sold freelance material to nightclub comics before landing his first radio job in the 1930s.
In 1941, he was brought to Hollywood to write for Milton Berle’s radio show , and went on to write radio material for such stars as Joan Davis, Fred Allen, Jack Haley, Phil Harris, Kate Smith, Phil Baker and Henny Youngman.
For TV, Singer wrote for Danny Thomas, Joey Bishop, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny , Bill Dana and Lucille Ball. In addition, he created and co-produced the 1954- 56 NBC-TV series “It’s a Great Life” with his then-partner Dick Chevillat.
Singer was nominated for an Emmy for the “Lucy Wins Jack Benny’s Account” episode of “The Lucy Show” in 1968. That year he also co-created the “Here’s Lucy” series with Milt Josefsberg.
Singer was a member of the Writers Guild of America for over 50 years and was very active on the WGA’s age discrimination committee. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from 1956-58 and 1971-73, and received an award for distinguished service from ATAS for his various contributions from 1968-72.
Survived by his wife Monia, a daughter, Laurie, a son, John, a granddaughter and a brother.
Memorial service today at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Burbank at noon. The family suggests donations to City of Hope.