Larry Rhine, a comedy writer whose half-century career included a Golden Globe Award for “All in the Family,” died Friday of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 90.
Rhine’s work on “All in the Family” marked the apex of his career. In addition to the Golden Globe, his writing on the show earned him two Emmy nominations, a Writers Guild Award, a Humanitas Award and a Heartfund Award.
Born in San Francisco, Rhine attended the U. of California, Berkeley, where he received his B.A. in 1931.
Rhine began his professional career in 1934 by joining radio station KGB in San Diego. There he worked alongside Art Linkletter as a writer, announcer and director. Later, Rhine teamed up with “The Old Maestro” Ben Bernie, one of the 1930s most popular radio variety show hosts. With Bernie, Rhine wrote for some of radio’s most popular shows including “Life of Riley,” “Duffy’s Tavern” and “G.E. Theater.”
In 1936 Rhine went to work as a screenwriter for Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.
Rhine’s most significant achievements were in the realm of television comedy writing. In addition to “All in the Family,” he was a staff writer for NBC’s “Colgate Comedy Hour,” “Red Skelton,” “Bob Hope,” “Mr. Ed,” and “Here’s Lucy.” Rhine also wrote for shows including “The Odd Couple,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Different Strokes.”
Rhine is survived by his wife, actress Hazel Shermet, son Robert Steven Rhine and daughter Vicki Trevena, a costume designer for “The Drew Carey Show.”
A memorial will be held Nov. 19 at the Writers Guild Theater.