Leonard B. Stern
Leonard B. Stern
Leonard Bernard Stern
December 23, 1923
New York City, U.S.
|Died||June 7, 2011 87) (aged|
|Occupation||Publisher, director, writer, producer|
(m. 1951; div. 1953)
Life and career
Stern was born in New York City. He studied at New York University. Stern was a successful television writer who wrote for such now classic series such as Get Smart, The Honeymooners, The Phil Silvers Show, The Steve Allen Show and Tonight Starring Steve Allen. Stern created the signature opening door credits for Get Smart.
Stern was also a writer for the 1952 Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee version of The Jazz Singer and several Abbott and Costello films, among others. In the 1970s, he produced and directed the TV series McMillan & Wife, which starred Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James.
Stern was the senior vice president of Price Stern Sloan (PSS). In 2000, after Price's death, Stern and another partner, Larry Sloan, launched another publishing company, Tallfellow Press, and acquired the rights to Droodles. Stern co-wrote, with Diane L. Robinson, A Martian Wouldn't Say That (2000), a compilation of actual memos and notes from television executives.
Stern was married twice. His first marriage was in 1951 to actress Julie Adams. The marriage ended in divorce two years later in 1953. In 1956, Stern married actress Gloria Stroock, to whom he remained married until his death. The couple had two children, Kate and Michael.
On June 7, 2011, Stern died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California, aged 87. He was survived by his wife of 55 years, actress Gloria Stroock, as well as a son, daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Selected film and television credits
- I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962–1963)
- Supermarket Sweep (1965)
- Get Smart (1965–1968)
- Run, Buddy, Run (1966)
- The Hero (1966–1967)
- He & She (1967–1968)
- The Good Guys (1968–1970)
- The Governor & J.J. (1969–1970)
- McMillan & Wife (1971–1976)
- The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)
- Faraday & Company (1973)
- Holmes & Yo-Yo (1976–1977)
- Lanigan's Rabbi (1976)
- Rosetti and Ryan (1977)
- Operation Petticoat (1977–1978)
- Partners in Crime (1984)
- Get Smart, Again! (1989)
- Missing Pieces (film) (1992)
- Africa Screams (1949)
- Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)
- Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)
- The Milkman (1952)
- Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
- Lost in Alaska (1952)
- The Jazz Singer (1952)
- Three for the Show (1955)
- The Steve Allen Show (1956–1960)
- The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
- The Phil Silvers Show (1956)
- The Jackie Gleason Show (1953–1956)
- The Good Guys (1968)
- Fox, Margalit (June 9, 2011). "Leonard B. Stern, Creator of Mad Libs, Dies at 88". The New York Times.
- Penguin Group website
- Notice of Gloria Stroock/Leonard Stern marriage, nytimes.com; accessed August 22, 2014.
- Obituary for Leonard B. Stern, foxnews.com; accessed August 22, 2014.
- McLellan, Dennis (June 9, 2011). "Leonard Stern dies at 88; TV writer, producer also co-created Mad Libs". Los Angeles Times.