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William Raynor, television comedy writer for more than 35 years, died Jan. 5 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 73.

He wrote for such shows as “McHale’s Navy,””Get Smart,””The Tim Conway Show” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a stepson and a brother.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the charity of their choice.

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Owen McLean

Owen McLean, former exec veepee/head of talent at 20th Century Fox, died Jan. 6 in Newport Beach after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

McLean came to Hollywood in the early 1930s, working at Warner Bros. as a messenger boy. He eventually moved into the extras casting department and, in 1938, went to work at Fox as a casting director.

He spent 35 years at the studio and worked closely with Richard Zanuck. During his lengthy career, he was responsible for casting more than 100 films including “The Grapes of Wrath,””Miracle on 34th Street,””Laura,””Cleopatra, “”The King and I,””The Hustler,””All About Eve,””South Pacific” and “Three Coins in the Fountain.”

In 1985, McLean was honored by the Casting Society of America with its Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding achievements in casting.

Survivors include his wife, a son and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the UCLA Regents (for Alzheimer’s research, in his memory), within the UCLA Health & Sciences Dept.

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