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'Taxi' Writer and Producer Stan Daniels

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Stan Daniels

LOS ANGELES, California -- Stan Daniels, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who worked on two of the most acclaimed comedies of the 1970s, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Taxi," died of heart failure on Friday, April 6, according to Mount Sinai Memorial Park. He was 72.

Daniels won eight Emmys during his long television career, including three as co-creator and executive producer of "Taxi" and three as a writer on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." He wrote for "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Bill Cosby Show," an early Cosby situation comedy, before joining "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which ran from 1970 to 1977.

Daniels and three MTM Productions colleagues, James L. Brooks, David Davis and Ed. Weinberger, left in 1977 to set up a production unit at Paramount Pictures, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Their show "Taxi," starring Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner and Danny DeVito, debuted the following year and ran through 1983.

Daniels also wrote for the Cloris Leachman spinoff series, "Phyllis." Daniels also co-created the Brenda Vaccaro series "Lily," and co-wrote, with Brooks, the 1978 TV movie, "Cindy," a retelling of the "Cinderella" story with a black cast. Among Daniels' other TV credits were "The Kid," "For Richer, For Poorer," "Glory! Glory!" and "The Substitute Wife."

Born in Toronto, Daniels won piano competitions as a teenager and attended the University of Toronto before receiving a fellowship to study at Oxford. On Broadway, he composed music and lyrics for "So Long 174th Street," a 1976 musical version of the play, "Enter Laughing" with a book by Joseph Stein. His musical version of the Bernard Slade play, "Same Time, Next Year," was produced in Budapest in 2001.

Daniels is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alene, four children, Dari, Shelley, Alan and Larry and two grandsons. The family requested donations be made to the United Jewish Appeal or the American Heart Association.

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