Hollywood comedy writer Hal Kanter dies at 92

November 8, 2011 - 9:10 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood comedy writer Hal Kanter has died in Los Angeles at 92. He wrote for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and created the landmark "Julia" TV show.

The Writers Guild of America says Kanter died on Sunday. Daughter Donna Kanter tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/vXH8Ck ) he died from pneumonia complications at Encino Hospital.

Kanter wrote for the Oscars show for decades and was among show writers who shared Emmys in 1991 and 1992.

He created the 1968 NBC-TV series "Julia" starring Diahann Carroll, the first sitcom to feature a black actress as a professional woman rather than a domestic worker.

Kanter also wrote the 1952 Hope and Crosby movie "Road to Bali" and Presley's 1957 movie "Loving You," which he also directed.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com