Emmy-winning writer Chris Hayward, who created the Dudley Do-right of the Mounties character, died Nov. 20 in Beverly Hills after a long illness. He was 81.
Born in New Jersey, Hayward started out working as a singer and composer. His first writing job was on Jay Ward’s “Crusader Rabbit,” and he then became a staff writer at Jay Ward Productions, where he wrote for “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” for which he created the lovably dense Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-right.
He also wrote many episodes of “Fractured Flickers,” which featured re-edited versions of classic silent films with dialogue added.
With his then-partner Allan Burns, Hayward created “The Munsters” and the pair went on to win an Emmy award for comedy writing for the series “He and She,” starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss.
Hayward wrote episodes for several classic 1960s and 1970s series including “Get Smart,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Barney Miller” “My Mother the Car,” “The Governor and JJ” and “Alice.” He shared two Emmy noms in 1976: one for comedy series for “Barney Miller” and one for “The Hero.”
“Chris’ humor was distinctively unique — he even made comedy writers laugh,” said “Get Smart” executive producer Leonard Stern.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters and a son.