Terry Ryan, Emmy-winning radio and TV comedy writer, died May 5 of congestive heart failure at his home in New York City. He was 78.
Ryan garnered two Emmys for his comedy writing for the classic comedy series “The Phil Silvers Show.” Ryan was a staff writer for the TV program from 1954 to 1959.
In addition, Ryan received an Emmy nom in 1962 for his writing on the comedy series “Car 54, Where are You?” He worked on the series from 1960 to 1962.
Ryan’s other projects included “Love American Style,” “The Betty Hutton Show” and “The Ann Sothern Show.”
He was born in Cleveland and as a teenager pursued acting with the Curtain Pullers at the Cleveland Playhouse. He later attended Case Western Reserve U.
Ryan, also a professional pianist, played in Russ Carlyle’s big band beginning in 1941 and joined the U.S. Army in 1943. Following WWII, Ryan began his comedy writing career as a comedy writer for radio’s Fred Allen after a producer-writer friend from the service introduced him to Allen.
Ryan was a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatist Guild. From 1948 to 1971, he was listed among the National Academy of Arts and Sciences top 100 honorees.
Ryan is survived by his wife, Maren, as well as a daughter, son, three granddaughters and a brother.