WGA honors laugh man Kanter

Kanter earns WGAW Cox kudo

The Writers Guild of America West has tapped comedy scribe-director Hal Kanter to receive the Morgan Cox Award for service to the guild.

The kudo will be presented at the guild’s Honorary Service Award lunch Nov. 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previous recipients include Fay Kanin, Allen Rivkin, Ann Marcus, George Kirgo, Del Reisman, D.C. Fontana and James D. Buchanan.

“Embodying the values of our members, Hal has dedicated much of his professional life to the WGA West, giving of himself throughout his many years of service above and beyond the call of duty,” said WGAW president Daniel Petrie Jr.

Kanter’s belonged to the WGA since 1950 and is a former board member. He’s a trustee of the Writers Guild Foundation and has been on the its board since 1979.

Kanter, who’s contributed material to 32 Academy Award telecasts, first built a name for himself as a gag writer for radio and nightclub comedians such as Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby. He broke into TV with “The Ed Wynn Show” and into film with “Two Tickets to Broadway,” followed by scripts for Bob Hope comedies “My Favorite Spy,” “Casanova’s Big Night” and “The Road to Bali.”

Kanter co-wrote and made his TV directorial debut with “The George Gobel Show” and made his film directorial debut with “I Married a Woman.” His screenplays for “Let’s Make Love” and “Blue Hawaii” earned WGA noms.

Kanter also earned a co-writing Emmy nom for the sitcom “Julia” in 1969 and an Emmy nom in 1976 as exec producer of “All in the Family.”

Kanter received the WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award in 1983 for community service and its Paddy Chayefsky Television Laurel Award in 1989.

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