Laurence Marks

Veteran television and radio comedy writer Laurence Marks, 77, died Jan. 1 in Los Angeles following a stroke. He had been in declining health recently.

Over the past 40 years, Marks, known as “Big Larry,” wrote for dozens of sitcoms, including “MASH” and “Hogan’s Heroes.”

Marks was born in Atlantic City and after graduating from Kellogg College in Michigan wrote for such series as “The Fred Allen Show” and “Duffy’s Tavern,” first on radio and then for TV. He also penned comedy-drama scripts for such golden age series as “Studio One,””The Westinghouse Playhouse” and “The G.E. Theatre.”

Random House published his novel “Always Go First Class” in ’62.

He’s survived by his second wife, Nora. A memorial service is pending.

June Rogell

Funeral services were held Jan. 4 for June Rogell, known on stage and screen as June Clayworth, who died Jan. 1 in Calabasas of lymphoma. She was in her early 80s.

Rogell appeared in 20 major studio films as a leading lady and featured performer, beginning in 1934, when Carl Laemmle Jr. signed her to a contract at Universal. At the time, she was starring in the Broadway play “Are You Decent?”

Rogell’s first feature at Universal was “The Good Fairy,” directed by William Wyler. Other U films she appeared in include “Lady Tubbs,””Transient Lady” and “Strange Wives.” In 1936, she starred in Columbia’s “Two Fisted Gentlemen.”

In 1937, Rogell signed with MGM and appeared in four films, including “Between Two Women” and “Dream Wife.”

In 1938, she married Sid Rogell, an executive producer at RKO Studios. He died in 1973.

Survived by a son, Anthony.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made in Rogell’s memory to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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