Jerry Belson

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Jerry Belson
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Born(1938-07-08)July 8, 1938
El Centro, California, U.S.
DiedOctober 10, 2006(2006-10-10) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenreFilm writer, television writer
Notable awardsEmmy Awards
SpouseJo Ann Harris (?–his death)
ChildrenKristine Belson, Julie Belson, Willi Belson
RelativesMonica Johnson (sister)

Jerry Belson (July 8, 1938 – October 10, 2006) was a writer, director, and producer of Hollywood films for over 40 years.


Belson's writing credits include the Steven Spielberg films Always and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, several episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and I Spy. During the early 1960s, concurrent with contributing scripts for TV sitcoms with then writing partner Garry Marshall, Belson contributed stories for Gold Key Comics.[1] He also helped produce The Drew Carey Show, The Norm Show, and The Tracey Ullman Show.

In the TV Land 2006 documentary The 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases, Lowell Ganz credits Belson with including in the script of the season 3 Odd Couple episode "My Strife in Court" (originally aired Friday, February 16, 1973) the catchphrase "Never ASSUME, because when you ASSUME, you make an ASS of U and ME." Ganz noted that Belson had heard it used years ago by a teacher in a typewriter repair class.[citation needed]

He won three Emmy Awards: two for The Tracey Ullman Show in 1989 and 1990, and one for Tracey Takes On... in 1997.[2]


Belson died of cancer on October 10, 2006 at his home in Los Angeles.[3] His sister, screenwriter Monica Johnson, died on November 1, 2010.[4]

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  1. ^ Jerry Belson, R.I.P
  2. ^ "Jerry Belson, 68, TV Writer Who Specialized in Comedy, Dies". The New York Times. October 14, 2006.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Emmy Winner Jerry Belson, 68; Writer for Television Comedies". The Washington Post. October 17, 2006.
  4. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2010-11-04). "Monica Johnson dies at 64; movie and TV writer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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