Stan Daniels

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Stan Daniels
Born Stanley Edwin Daniels
(1934-07-31)July 31, 1934
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 6, 2007(2007-04-06) (aged 72)
Encino, California, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, producer and director
Spouse(s) Alene Kamins (1957– )

Stanley Edwin "Stan" Daniels (July 31, 1934 – April 6, 2007) was a Canadian-American screenwriter, producer and director, who won eight Emmy Awards for his work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi.

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto to Jewish parents involved in vaudeville, Daniels earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Toronto, then began studying for a doctorate from Oxford University.[1] His first television writing job was for The Dean Martin Show in 1965. There, he met his writing partner Ed. Weinberger.

Career[edit]

Daniels' influence in comedy is noted by the joke setup credited to him ("Stan Daniels turn") wherein, "a character says something and then does an immediate 180-degree shift on what he just said," according to The Simpsons producer Al Jean.[2] An example of this may be Tony Blair claiming that the Good Friday Agreement is not a day for soundbites, then, immediately going on to say that he, "feel[s] the hand of history on [his] shoulders." Daniels composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the 1976 musical So Long, 174th Street.

Death[edit]

Daniels had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia for years, and he died of a heart attack in Encino, California.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Unknown episodes, 1970)
  • Doc (Executive producer, 1 episode, 1976)
  • The Betty White Show (Executive producer, unknown episodes, 1977)
  • Cindy (1978)
  • Taxi (Executive producer, unknown episodes)
  • The Associates (Executive producer, unknown episodes)
  • Glory! Glory! (1989)
  • For Richer, for Poorer (Supervising producer, 1992)
  • The Kid (Executive producer, 2001)

Writer[edit]

  • The Dean Martin Show (1 episode, 1965)
  • The Bill Cosby Show (1 episode, 1970)
  • Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls (1970)
  • Lily (1970)
  • Phyllis (Unknown episodes)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (12 episodes, 1973–1977)
  • Cindy (1978)
  • Taxi (3 episodes, 1978)
  • The Associates (13 episodes, 1979)
  • Mr. Smith (5 episodes, 1983)
  • The Lonely Guy (1984)
  • Glory! Glory! (1989)
  • Getting There (1990)
  • Roc (1 episode, 1991)
  • Faith (1991)
  • For Richer, for Poorer (1992)
  • The Substitute Wife (1994)
  • The Kid (2001)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Series Shared with
1975 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ed. Weinberger (for "Mary Richards Goes to Jail" episode)
Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger
1976 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger
1977 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Bob Ellison, David Lloyd, Ed. Weinberger (for "The Last Show" episode)
Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger
1979 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Taxi James L. Brooks, Glen Charles, Les Charles, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger
1980 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series The Associates Ed. Weinberger (for "The Censors" episode)
Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Taxi James L. Brooks, Glen Charles, Les Charles, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger
1981 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Taxi James L. Brooks, Glen Charles, Les Charles, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger
1982 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Taxi James L. Brooks, Glen Charles, Les Charles, Ken Estin, Howard Gewirtz, Ian Praiser, Richard Sakai, Ed. Weinberger
1983 Won Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Taxi James L. Brooks, Ken Estin, Richard Sakai, Sam Simon, Ed. Weinberger
1992 Won CINE Competition CINE Golden Eagle Monkey House Bruce Campbell, Jonathan Goodwill, Allan King, Gordon Mark, Michael MacMillan, Harold Tichenor, Max E. Youngstein
1989 Nominated Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Glory! Glory! Jacqueline Lefèvre
Nominated Gemini Awards Best Dramatic Mini-Series Glory! Glory! Bonny Dore, Jonathan Goodwill, Michael MacMillan, Seaton McLean
1993 Nominated Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Monkey House

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (April 12, 2007). Stan Daniels, 72; TV writer and producer co-created "Taxi". Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Stewart, Susan (April 14, 2007). Stan Daniels, 72, a Writer of Emmy-Winning Sitcoms, Dies. The New York Times
  3. ^ Associated Press (April 11, 2007). Heart Attack Kills TV Legend Stan Daniels.

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