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Austin Kalish
Born Austin Roy Kalish
(1921-02-03)February 3, 1921
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died October 5, 2016(2016-10-05) (aged 95)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Irma Kalish (m. 1948)
Children 2; including Bruce Kalish

Austin Roy Kalish (February 3, 1921 – October 5, 2016) was an American producer and screenwriter.

Life and career

Kalish was born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Helen and Milton, a salesman.[1] He attended at New York University, where he later served in World War II.[2] After World War II ended, Kalish later began writing jokes for comedians.[1][2]

Kalish later began his career, where he wrote for The Martin and Lewis Show, with his wife, Irma.[2] Later in his career, he collaborated on producing and writing for television programs, with his wife, as they both produced and wrote for television programs, including Too Close for Comfort, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Good Times, My Favorite Martian, Maude, I Dream of Jeannie, F Troop and Family Affair.[3] Kalish then retired his career in 2000, in which it was his last collaboration as writing and producing, with his wife.[4]

Personal life

Kalish was married to Irma Kalish from 1948,[1] died in 2021.[5] They had a son, comedy writer Bruce Kalish, and a daughter Nancy Biederman, who died in 2016 of leukemia.[1][6]


Kalish died in October 2016 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund cottages in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 95.[1][2][7][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Gates, Anita (October 7, 2016). "Austin Kalish, a Writer of 'Maude' Abortion Episode, Dies at 95". The New York Times. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lincoln, Ross (October 6, 2016). "Austin Kalish Dies: Legendary Sitcom Writer Was 95". Deadline Hollywood. 
  3. Lewellen, Scott (February 1, 2013). Funny You Should Ask: Oral Histories of Classic Sitcom Storytellers. McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 978-1476602257. 
  4. Rosen, Lisa. "Their Dinner With Irma". My Digital Publication. 
  5. Hipes, Patrick (September 6, 2021). "Irma Kalish Dies: Pioneering TV Writer-Producer & One Of First Women In Film Presidents Was 96". Deadline Hollywood. 
  6. Verhoeven, Beatrice (December 1, 2016). "Nancy Biederman, Motion Picture & Television Fund Advocate, Dies of Leukemia". TheWrap. 
  7. Barnes, Mike (October 6, 2016). "Austin 'Rocky' Kalish, Prolific Sitcom Writer, Dies at 95". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. Variety Staff (October 6, 2016). "'All in the Family,' 'Maude' Writer Austin Kalish Dies at 95". Variety. 

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