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Seaman Jacobs, writer, dies at 96

TV comedy scribe wrote for 'Addams,' 'Martian'

TV comedy writer Seaman Jacobs, who wrote for scores of classic TV shows including “The Addams Family” and “My Favorite Martian,” died of cardiac arrest April 8 in Los Angeles. He was 96.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Writers Guild Theater, 151 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Over a career of more than half a century, Jacobs wrote episodes for TV shows including “Maude,” “Petticoat Junction” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” His feature film credits include Elvis Presley starrer “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” co-written with Si Rose, and the George Burns hit sequel, “Oh, God! Book II,” co-written with Josh Greenfeld, Hal Goldman, Fred S. Fox and Melissa Miller.

Born in Kingston, NY, Jacobs attended Syracuse U. where he edited the campus humor magazine. After graduation he became a Broadway press agent, with clients including Bob Hope. He after serving in WWII, he began writing Fred Allen and Jack Paar.

Among other series he worked on were “F-Troop,” “The Jeffersons,” “My Three Sons,” “Here’s Lucy,” “Chico and the Man,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Family Affair,” “Bachelor Father,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Love Boat,” many of which he co-wrote with frequent writing partners Fred S. Fox and Ed James.

He was also in demand penning monologues for several comedy legends including Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn and Johnny Carson.

He helped write dozens of primetime TV comedy specials, contributing to Bob Hope’s annual all-star comedy TV specials during the ’80s and ’90s. In 1978, he earned a Writers Guild Award for his work on “The George Burns One Man Show,” shared with co-writers Elon Packard and Fred S. Fox. In 1980, Jacobs also earned a shared WGA nomination for his work on “George Burns in Nashville” with frequent co-writers Fred S. Fox and Hal Goldman. He was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America/West.

He is survived by his wife, singer Vicki Benet Jacobs, a son and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or the Writers Guild Foundation.

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