Ted Flicker, who co-created the hit TV series "Barney Miller" and directed the cult-favorite political film satire "The President's Analyst," died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 84.
The cause was coronary artery disease, said his wife, Barbara.
In the 1950s he worked with Elaine May and others in the pioneering improvisational theater company Compass Players in Chicago and went on to direct numerous episodes of 1960s and 1970s TV series, including "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Night Gallery."
But Flicker, by his own admission, did not play studio politics well. As detailed in...