Jack Hanrahan

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Jack Hanrahan
Jack Hanrahan 1969.jpg
Hanrahan circa 1969
Born 1933
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died April 28, 2008 (age 74–75)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation Comedy writer
Nationality American
Genre Comedy

Jack Hanrahan (1933 – April 28, 2008) was an American Emmy Award-winning comedy writer.

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Born January 16, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, he began writing cartoons for the Cleveland Press. After that, he moved on to Hollywood, California and continued his writing career with work on Get Smart. Then, in 1968, he won an Emmy for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Following this, he moved on to Marcus Welby, M.D., The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Police Woman, The Waltons, and CHiPs. In the 1980s and '90s, he worked on a scattering of television shows and movies, including co-writing the Super Mario World episode "The Wheel Thing" and serving as a main writer for the second season (1985–86) of the cartoon series Inspector Gadget. Hanrahan teamed-up for a while with Eleanor Burian-Mohr and wrote for many animation shows. He also co-starred in the motion picture 'Up Your Alley' in 1988 for writer/director, Bob Logan.

Hanrahan left Beverly Hills for Eureka in northern California in 1992. After losing his wife in 2004, he was stricken with grief. He would still entertain at charity events and retirement homes but never found his way back to happiness. In 2006, following a garage fire he was evicted, and all of his possessions were seized by the landlord, including his Emmy. He began to wander the streets. Jack Riley, an old friend, tried to help Hanrahan, but was unsuccessful. After friends in Eureka bought him a bus ticket, he came back to his hometown of Cleveland, where he had been homeless until his death.

Hanrahan was featured on the front page of The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) on March 22, 2007, detailing his homelessness.

He died on April 28, 2008.

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