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|Born||July 8, 1938|
El Centro, California, U.S.
|Died||October 10, 2006 (aged 68)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genre||Film writer, television writer|
|Notable awards||Emmy Awards|
|Spouse||Jo Ann Harris (?–his death)|
|Children||Kristine Belson, Julie Belson, Willi Belson|
|Relatives||Monica 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. 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.
He won three Emmy Awards: two for The Tracey Ullman Show in 1989 and 1990, and one for Tracey Takes On... in 1997.
Belson died of cancer on October 10, 2006 at his home in Los Angeles. His sister, screenwriter Monica Johnson, died on November 1, 2010.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
- Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater (1964)
- Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (1964–1969)
- I Spy (1965–1968)
- Hey Landlord! (1966–1967)
- Sheriff Who? (pilot) (1967)
- Love, American Style (1969–1974)
- The Murdocks and the McClays (1970)
- Barefoot in the Park (1970)
- The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
- Evil Roy Slade (1972)
- Cops (1973)
- Mixed Nuts (pilot) (with Michael J. Leeson) (1977)
- Young Guy Christian (pilot) (with Michael J. Leeson) (1979)
- The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
- Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999)
- The Drew Carey Show (consulting producer) (1995–2004)
- The Norm Show (consulting producer) (1999–2001)
- How Sweet It Is! (1968) (with Garry Marshall)
- The Grasshopper (1970)
- Smile (1975)
- Fun with Dick and Jane (with David Giler and Mordecai Richler) (1977)
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (uncredited)
- The End (1978)
- Smokey and the Bandit II (with Brock Yates) (1980)
- Student Bodies (1981) (executive producer)
- Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (with Monica Johnson, Harvey Miller and Michael J. Leeson) (1982)
- Surrender (1987)
- Always (1989)
- The Roast (1980, with Garry Marshall)
- Smile (1986, adapted from the screenplay)
- ^ Jerry Belson, R.I.P
- ^ "Jerry Belson, 68, TV Writer Who Specialized in Comedy, Dies". The New York Times. October 14, 2006.
- ^ "Obituary: Emmy Winner Jerry Belson, 68; Writer for Television Comedies". The Washington Post. October 17, 2006.
- ^ McLellan, Dennis (2010-11-04). "Monica Johnson dies at 64; movie and TV writer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Jerry Belson at IMDb
- Jerry Belson at the TCM Movie Database
- 1938 births
- 2006 deaths
- Deaths from prostate cancer
- American male screenwriters
- American television directors
- American television writers
- Deaths from cancer in California
- Primetime Emmy Award winners
- Film directors from California
- People from El Centro, California
- Screenwriters from California
- American male television writers
- 20th-century American male writers
- 20th-century American screenwriters