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March 17, 2009

Morton Lachman Dies Writer for Bob Hope, More March 17, 2009

Morton Lachman, who wrote for Bob Hope for four decades (starting with the radio show The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope, through Hope's television specials), died March 17, 2009, at the age of 90. Lachman was a multiple Primetime Emmy® nominee and a winner for Best Comedy Series for All in the Family, as well as a Daytime Emmy® winner for the ABC Afternoon Playbreak program The Girl Who Couldn't Lose.

Click here to access Mort Lachman's entire six-part Archive of American Television interview.

Mort Lachman talks with
the
Archive of American Television

On January 26, 2004, Lachman was interviewed by the Television Academy Foundations' Archive of American Television. He talked about his early years becoming a writer in network radio for Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope. He described in detail working as a writer, and later head writer/director/producer on the Bob Hope television specials. He vividly described Bob Hope's topical humor and gift for ad-libbing. He spoke about his work as a writer for several Ralph Edwards series. He also described his work as a producer and writer on All in the Family-for which he won an Emmy® Award-as well as Archie Bunker's Place, One Day at a Time, Sanford, Gimme a Break, Kate & Allie and Baghdad Café. The interview was conducted by Jeff Abraham.


The interview is available online here.

The complete interview is also available for viewing at the AAT office, located on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plaza in North Hollywood. Contact the Television Archive at (818) 754-2800 for more information.

Learn more about this life and works of this American Archive of Television personality at Emmytvlegends.org.

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