LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmy-winning writer Sam Denoff, who wrote for TV's "The
Dick Van Dyke Show" and helped create the Marlo Thomas comedy "That Girl," has
died in Los Angeles at 83.
Denoff's son Douglas tells the Los Angeles Times that his father, who had
Alzheimer's disease, died Friday at home in Brentwood.
Denoff and writing partner Bill Persky had written for Steve Allen and Andy
Williams television shows as well as the series "McHale's Navy" when they sold a
script for "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966. Persky
and Denoff went on to share two Emmys for that series.
Marlo Thomas wanted the duo to write a series for her and "That Girl" was
born. The ABC series ran from 1966 to 1971.