He and writing partner Rosen introduced Gleason to Carney
Comedy writer Coleman Jacoby, who with partner Arnie Rosen, played matchmaker to the team of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, died Oct. 20 of pancreatic cancer in East Meadow, N.Y. He was 95.
Jacoby and Rosen penned sketches for DuMont Network’s “The Cavalcade of Stars” and, needing a foil for Gleason’s character, Reggie Van Gleason, cast Carney, with whom they’d worked before on radio. The two thesps clicked, and went on to form a memorable relationship in “The Honeymooners.”
Jacoby got his start in showbiz writing for radio, first as a joke-writer for Bob Hope and later for Fred Allen. Seguing to TV, he wrote for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” before meeting Rosen. Together they worked on “The Phil Silvers Show.”
After the partnership split, Jacoby continued to write a few more on his own.
Other TV credits include “The Buick-Berle Show” for Milton Berle, “The Alan King Show” and “Jackie Gleason and His American Magazine.”
Survivors include a daughter.