Thad Mumford

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Thad Mumford
Born Thaddeus Quentin Mumford Jr.
(1951-02-08)February 8, 1951
Washington D.C., U.S.
Died September 6, 2018(2018-09-06) (aged 67)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Television producer and writer
Years active 1971-2001

Thaddeus Quentin "Thad" Mumford Jr. (February 8, 1951 – September 6, 2018) was an American television producer and writer. He wrote and produced for a number of television series spanning different genres, including The Cosby Show, A Different World, M*A*S*H, Maude, Good Times, Home Improvement, Roots: The Next Generations, and Judging Amy, among other series.


Often collaborating with fellow TV producer/director Dan Wilcox, Thad wrote scripts and/or produced for a number of television series throughout his career varying different genres namely, M*A*S*H* (all of those episodes he produced were co-produced with Wilcox), The Cosby Show, A Different World, , Maude, NYPD Blue, Good Times, Home Improvement, the very short-lived but critcally acclaimed, Emmy Award- winning animated/live action NBC-TV sitcom series The Duck Factory in 1984 (which starred a very young Jim Carrey), ALF, Roots: The Next Generations, Judging Amy, amongst other series.

In 1973, Mumford won a Primetime Emmy Award for his writing in The Electric Company.[1] In 1978, a Sesame Street character was named after him (Dr. Thad in the recurring skit "Dr. Thad and the Medications"). Mumford also performed the voice for the character.

Mumford also gained some renown working as a batboy for the New York Yankees.[2]


Mumford died after a long illness on September 6, 2018, aged 67, at his father’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.[3]


  1. ^ Awards for Thad Mumford at Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Ex-Yankee batboy to do baseball series". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 14, 2018). "Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for 'MASH,' 'Electric Company,' Dies at 67". Retrieved September 17, 2018.

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