Longtime television writer-producer Perry Grant died Dec. 12 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80.
A native of San Diego, Grant earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA after serving in the Navy during World War II as an officer on a troop transport ship in the Pacific. While in the Navy, he wrote humor pieces for Collier’s and Liberty magazines.
After meeting his writing partner, Dick Bensfield, at a cocktail party, the duo began writing for the “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” in 1952. The Grant-Bensfield team worked together for 40 years, writing for shows such as “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days.”
Grant also created games, including Bash!, Whosit? and Smess.