Everett Greenbaum, a writer whose worked included the television shows “MASH” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” died July 11 in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was 79.
Greenbaum did most of his writing in collaboration with Jim Fritzell. Together, the duo won a Peabody, three Writers Guild Comedy Awards and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award and received three Emmy nominations.
Greenbaum served as a Navy pilot during World War II. Soon after his return, he began work as writer, producer and star of the radio show “Greenbaum’s Gallery.”
In 1952, he began his longtime collaboration with Fritzell, which lasted until the latter’s death in 1979. The duo started off on the Wally Cox starrer “Mr. Peepers” and went on to write for “The Real McCoys,” “Andy Griffith” and “MASH.”
They also worked on eight films, including “Good Neighbor Sam” (1964) and the Don Knotts vehicles “The Ghost and Mrs. Chicken” (1965) and “The Reluctant Astronaut” (1967).
Greenbaum published two books and created kinetic sculptures. He also appeared on screen in “Seinfeld” and “Ellen” and had a recurring role on “Matlock.”
He is survived by his wife, Deane, a daughter and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles.