Sitcom scribe Martin Cohan dies

Creator of 'Silver Spoons,' 'Who's the Boss?" was 77

Martin Cohan, who co-created ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?,” died May 19 in Pacific Palisades, Calif., of complications from large cell lymphoma. He was 77.

Cohan, created Tony Danza-Judith Light starrer “Who’s the Boss” with his partner Blake Hunter in 1984. The show would run for eight seasons. He also created “Silver Spoons,” which introduced a young Rick Schroder.

Cohan started his career as a stage manager/assistant director at ABC TV after graduating from Stanford U. He worked under Mike Nicholls on “Catch-22” and after making a doc in France called “The Children of Paris,” he went to work for David L. Wolper’s doc company. He researched and wrote “Let My People Go” and “Hollywood and the Stars.” Universal Television then hired him for its doc division.

During the 1970s Cohan moved over to sitcoms and wrote for shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Odd Couple” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” for which he won a Writers Guild kudo. He shared Cohan also won an NAACP award for furthering interracial relations.

He also wrote, produced and directed episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show.”

“Marty was such a rare treasure in our business: not only brilliant and funny but with a huge heart and unfailingly kind,” Light said in a statement.

His partner, Hunter said, “Marty is the brother I wish I had, the talent I stood in awe of, and the friend I can never replace.”

Cohan was a member of the DGA and WGA.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn; a son and a daughter; two stepchildren; a step-grandson; and a sister.

Services will be at 2 p.m. May 27 at Mt. Sinai’s Chapel Tenach in Forest Lawn, go to memorialwebsites.legac.com/martycohan for more information.

Donations may be made to Norris Cancer Research at USC.

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