Screenwriter and producer Allan Burns, best known as the co-creator of iconic sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Munsters, and Rhoda, passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
Alan Burns, my writing partner during the Mary Tyler Moore days, died yesterday. His singular writing career broug… https://t.co/l049sQAcK8— james l. brooks (@james l. brooks)1612124550.0
James L. Brooks, Burns' writing partner for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, best known for his work on The Simpsons, announced his friend's death on Twitter yesterday afternoon. The icon was also mourned by Ed Asner, who starred on the sitcom and its spinoff, Lou Grant.
I am so sad at the passing of the Allan Burns. A mensch like no other, a friend and so incredibly talented. Say h… https://t.co/ZEYC0u8laz— Ed Asner (@Ed Asner)1612117391.0
The icon was also mourned by Ed Asner, who starred on the sitcom and its spinoff, Lou Grant.
Burns began his career after leaving the University of Oregon to become an NBC page. His first works in the entertainment industry were on cartoons such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and George of the Jungle. He also helped Quaker Oats create the iconic Cap'n Crunch cereal mascot.
He married Joan Bailey in 1964 and the couple have two children, Eric and Matthew.
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