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Michael Morris

Writer, producer

Emmy winner Michael Morris, writer and producer of top radio and television shows as well as several films, died Friday in L.A. from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.

He scripted episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Flying Nun,” “Bewitched” and “All in the Family,” wrote and produced the skein “Chico and the Man,” co-wrote the feature “For Love or Money” starring Kirk Douglas, and won an Emmy for his work on “Jack and the Beanstalk” starring Gene Kelly.

Born Misha Shtuchkoff in Russia, he came to the United States at the age of 5 with his parents, both actors. His first jobs included acting both with his father on his WEVD radio shows in New York and in several Yiddish-speaking films.

He served in the Army during WWII and later returned to New York to write for radio shows including “Mr. and Mrs. North” and “Hollywood Story.” In 1960, Morris moved to Los Angeles and began his TV career.

He retired from television in 1980 and wrote plays, two of which were produced in Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife Pearl, one daughter, two stepsons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 1 p.m. today at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Burbank.

Donations can be made to the Motion Picture Country Hospital.

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