Douglas, Jack, 1908-1989

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Jack Douglas (1908-1989) was a well-known gag writer who wrote for such radio and television performers as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Gobel, Jimmy Durante, and Jack Paar. He was the author of My Brother Was an Only Child . He was a regular guest on on Jack Paar's shows in the late 1950s and early 1960s and on shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. Douglas was married three times: to Merle Crain, with whom he had a son John and a daughter Marlene; to Marion Hutton, with whom he had a son, Peter; and to Japanese-born singer and comedienne Reiko, with whom he had two sons, Bobby and Timothy. Reiko frequently appeared with him on television.

From the guide to the Jack Douglas Papers, 1938-1955, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Douglas, Jack, 1908-. Papers, 1959-1964. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Jack Douglas Papers, 1938-1955 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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Television authorship
Radio authorship
Radio, television, film
Authors, American
Television comedies
Radio comedies
Popular culture


Birth 1908-07-17

Death 1989-01-31





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