TV writer, producer co-created 'Who's the Boss?'
Martin Cohan, 77, who co-created the
sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and was a prolific TV writer and producer, died Wednesday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a two-year battle with large-cell lymphoma, his family announced.
Cohan and his business partner, Blake Hunter, created the sitcom starring
, which ran from 1984 to 1992.
The two men also served as creative consultants for a British version of the TV show called "The Upper Hand," which debuted in 1990 and ran for seven seasons.
Besides his work as executive producer and writer for "Boss," Cohan wrote hundreds of scripts for such popular TV series as "The
Show," "Diff'rent Strokes," "
" and "Silver Spoons."
Born July 4, 1932, in San Francisco, Cohan graduated from
in 1955 after studying theater arts. He found work as a stage manager and assistant director at ABC Television, his family said.
He got his break on "Mary Tyler Moore" as an assistant director in 1971 and won a Writers Guild of America award in 1972 for best
episode. He went on to write, direct and produce for "The Bob Newhart Show."
a writer and director of the 1970s cult horror films "I Drink Your Blood" and "Stigma" (which starred "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas in one of his first roles), died May 6 at his Los Angeles home from complications of pneumonia, said his friend and colleague Dave Szulkin. He was 88.
— Times staff and wire reports