TV writer-producer Mort Lachman dies

Emmy winner wrote comedy bits for Bob Hope

Emmy-winning TV writer and producer Mort Lachman, longtime writer for Bob Hope who went on to produce “All in the Family,” died of a heart attack and diabetes March 17 in Los Angeles. He was 90.

A writer for Hope for 28 years, Lachman also co-wrote and produced the comic’s TV specials such as “The Bob Hope Christmas Show.”

As a producer, he won an Emmy for comedy series in 1978 for “All in the Family.” Another Emmy came for directing afterschool special “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose” in 1975.

With another Hope comedy writer, Mel Shavelson, he co-wrote features “Yours, Mine and Ours” and “Mixed Company.”

Born in Seattle, Lachman attended the U. of Washington and then served in the Army during WWII. After the war, he saw an ad in Variety for writers for comedian/singer Eddie Cantor, which led to pitching jokes for Hope’s radio show.

Lachman told Daily Variety in 1996 that Hope was “fabulous to work for if you were a writer. He was comfortable in his own shoes, and not jealous like a lot of comics.”

After work for Hope tapered off, Lachman became a prominent TV producer and writer, serving as exec producer of “All in the Family” for 72 episodes, and producing “Spencer,” “Sanford,” “Gimme a Break,” and “Bagdad Café.” He was also a longtime producer for “Kate and Allie.”

He is survivevd by his wife, Natalie; two daughters; a son; three step-children; a sister; eight grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  

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