|Award-Winning Comedy Writer Seaman Jacobs Passes Away at 96
LOS ANGELES -- Award-winning television comedy writer Seaman Jacobs, a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America, West, died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday, April 8, at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 96.
Creating a career in comedy spanning more than half a century, prolific writer Jacobs penned countless episodes of some of America's favorite TV series.
Soon, he ventured into the then-new medium of television. His sense of humor can be seen not only in his work on hit shows such as The Addams Family and F-Troop, but in the laughs to be found in the countless episodes of classic comedy TV hits he either wrote or co-wrote, such as Maude, The Jeffersons, My Three Sons, My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, Here's Lucy, Chico and the Man, Diff'rent Strokes, Family Affair, Petticoat Junction, Bachelor Father, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Love Boat, many of which he often co-wrote with his frequent writing partners Fred S. Fox and Ed James.
Jacobs' talent wasn't limited to the small screen - his feature film credits include the Elvis Presley starrer It Happened at the World's Fair (1962), co-written with Si Rose, and the George Burns hit sequel, Oh, God! Book II (1980, screenplay by Josh Greenfeld and Hal Goldman and Fred S. Fox and Seaman Jacobs and Melissa Miller, story by Josh Greenfeld). In addition, Jacobs made a career as an in-demand comedy writer, penning monologues for several comedy legends over the years. For nearly five decades, his clever wordplay helped define TV comedy as spoken by icons including Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn, and Johnny Carson.
Among the dozens of primetime TV comedy specials Jacobs helped pen, he may be best known to TV viewers for contributing to Bob Hope's long run of annual all-star comedy TV specials during the '80s and '90s. In 1978, he earned a Writers Guild Award (Variety - Series or Special, Musical or Comedy) for his work on The George Burns One Man Show, shared with co-writers Elon Packard and Fred S. Fox. In 1980, Jacobs also earned a shared WGA nomination for his work on George Burns in Nashville with frequent co-writers Fred S. Fox and Hal Goldman.
In addition to his wife, singer Vicki Benet Jacobs, he leaves behind his son Tom Jacobs, and four grandchildren, Will, Rebecca, Nathaniel, and Stephen.
A memorial service for Mr. Jacobs will be held on Friday, May 9, 2008, at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills (151 S. Doheny Drive). The memorial starts at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. For more information, please call 310-772-0785.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his memory may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or the Writers Guild Foundation.