Dale McRaven, Emmy-nominated comedy writer and producer who created Mork & Mindy with Garry Marshall and then Perfect Stranger own, dead. He was 83 years old.
McRaven died September 5 of complications from lung cancer at his home in Porter Ranch, California, his son David McRaven said. The Hollywood Reporter.
McRaven also served as a screenwriter for the fifth and final season of CBS’ The Dick Van Dyke Show and as writer and producer on ABC’s The Participant family in that 1970-74 comedy. Plus, he and Marshall created the ABC sitcom 1979-1980 Angiestarring Donna Pescow and Robert Hays.
Perfect Strangerby Miller-Boyett Productions and Lorimar Television, which premiered in March 1986 and stars Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot as dissimilar cousins - one is American, the other comes from the fictional island of Mypos – who live together in an apartment in Chicago.
Amid creative differences, McRaven left the series’ day-to-day production after a few years but continued to submit script notes such as Perfect Stranger ran for eight seasons and 150 episodes.
He quit the show business in the mid-1990s, then pursued photography and digital art.
The fifth of six children, Dale Keith McRaven was born on March 15, 1939, on a farm near Pulaski, Illinois. He grew up in Chicago and Phoenix before going to Hollywood in 1957 and selling his first screenplay to Steve Allen.
In 1964, he was hired by Marshall and paired with Carl Kleinschmidt as a screenwriter for the fourth and final season of NBC’s. Joey Bishop Program. A year later, producer Sheldon Leonard brought the couple in The Dick Van Dyke Showand they received the WGA award.
McRaven and Kleinschmidt wrote for Gomer Pyle: USMC, That girl, Hey, landlord, Strange couple and Good morning, shared an office on Sunset Boulevard with Marshall and Jerry Belson and another writing team, Jim Parker and Arnold Margolin. Every five years, they meet for lunch and take pictures together in front of their old peach trees.
After parting ways with Kleinschmidt, McRaven wrote and produced Participant family also produced albums from the “band” featuring co-stars Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey.
In 1974, he launched ABC’s Texas Wheelers, an MTM Enterprises sitcom about a lazy father (Jack Elam) who returns to take care of his children (two of whom are played by Gary Busey and Mark Hamill) after his mother’s death. Made without being amusing, it only lasted eight episodes but is arguably his favorite of the bunch he’s created.
Marshall had to convince McRaven to join him Mork & Mindya subsection of The happy days starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber and ran for four seasons, from September 1978 to May 1982. (Joe Glauberg was also a co-creator of the series.)
McRaven shared an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1979 for his work on the show but lost to ABC’s. taxi.
His resume also includes writing for Get smart, Room 222, Love, American Style and The Betty White Show.
In addition to his son, survivors include his daughter, Renee; daughter-in-law Ruth; nephews Justin and Matthew; and niece Grissy, her husband, Dismas, and their daughter, Nefertina.