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Harvey Miller

Harvey Miller, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the 1980 feature “Private Benjamin,” died Jan. 8 of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63.

An Army veteran who served in Germany during the early 1950s, Miller started out as a comedy writer for Dick Gregory, Shecky Greene, Alan King and Sandy Baron.

He entered the TV field in 1967, working on the series “Hey Landlord!” with Baron.

Miller garnered an Emmy nomination as executive producer of “The Odd Couple” TV series for best comedy in 1974. Additionally, he wrote and directed episodes of “Taxi” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

As a co-writer of “Private Benjamin,” he won the Writers Guild of America Award for best original screenplay as well as receiving Academy recognition.

Other film credits include work as a screenwriter and director for “Bad Medicine” (1985) and “Getting Away With Murder” (1996).

Miller also appeared as a supporting actor in films such as “Big” (1988), “Beaches” (1988) and “Awakenings” (1990).

He had recently written and starred in the one-man show “A Cheap Date with Harvey Miller, the Comedic Life of a Legendary Unknown,” which opened in Los Angeles last year.

Miller is survived by his brother, Stanley, a niece and a nephew.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Miller’s name be made to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, D.C.

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