Screenwriter Lewis Meltzer, whose 30-year career included work on “Golden Boy” and “The Man With the Golden Arm,” died Feb. 23 of pneumonia at his home in Albuquerque. He was 84.
Meltzer was born in New York City into a show-business family. His father, Isidor Meltzer, was a comedian in Yiddish theater. He came to Hollywood in 1938 at the request of director Rouben Mamoulian and wrote for a number of studios.
In addition to “Golden Boy” (1939) and “Man With the Golden Arm” (1955), Meltzer’s credits as writer or co-writer include “The Lady in Question” (1940), “Once Upon a Time” (1944), “Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven” (1948), “Along the Great Divide” (1950), “The Jazz Singer” (the 1952 remake starring Danny Thomas) and “Autumn Leaves” (1955).
Meltzer’s brother, character actor Sid Melton, played Uncle Charley on “The Danny Thomas Show” and Alf Monroe on “Green Acres.”
Meltzer is survived by his second wife, two daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.