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Ray Jessel, ‘Love Boat’ Writer, Dies at 85

Ray Jessel, who had TV writing credits for many decades on such shows as “The Love Boat” and “Head of Class,” died July 17 of natural causes at his home in Studio City, Calif. He was 85.

He was also a writer and eHe was a writing partner with his wife Cynthia Thompson on several episodes of that show as well as “Love Boat.”

Jessel also wrote for “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Jacksons” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” He also was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” in 2014.

He is survived by his widow.

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