Crane, Harry 1914-1999

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CRANE, Harry 1914-1999


Born April 23, 1914, in Brooklyn, NY; died of cancer, September 13, 1999, in Beverly Hills, CA; married; children: Barbara, Stephanie.


Comedy writer for popular television shows of the 1950s; creator (with Joe Bigelow) of the series The Honeymooners.


Air Raid Wardens (screenplay), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1943.

The Harvey Girls (screenplay), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1946.

Song of the Thin Man (screenplay), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1947.

Comedy writer for television series, including Cavalcade of Stars, DuMont Network, 1951; The Honeymooners, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS), 1955-56; The Jackie Gleason Show; Celebrity Roast; and for special presentations, including the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards broadcasts; writer for comedians such as Jimmy Durante, the Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, and the duo Abbott and Costello; joke writer for other entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, and Bing Crosby.



Chicago Tribune, September 15, 1999, obituary by Associated Press, section 2, p. 10.

Los Angeles Times, September 15, 1999, obituary by Myrna Oliver, p. A22.

New York Times, September 20, 1999, obituary by Nick Ravo, p. A15.

Washington Post, September 17, 1999, p. B6.*