- Ronny Graham
name = Ronny Graham
August 26, 1919
July 4, 1999
Los Angeles, California
Ronny Graham (
August 26, 1919– July 4, 1999) was an American actorand theatre director, composer, lyricist, and writer.
Graham was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of vaudeville performers Florence (née Sweeney) and Steve Graham. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/8/Ronny-Graham.html Ronny Graham Biography (1919-) ] ] Graham began his career as a nightclubcomic. He made his Broadway debut in the revue" New Faces of 1952", to which he contributed sketches and lyrics and in which he performed. He won the Theatre World Awardfor his efforts. He later made similar contributions to "New Faces of 1956" and "New Faces of 1962". He wrote the lyrics for " Bravo Giovanni", which garnered him a Tony Awardnomination, and directed a string of unsuccessful plays, two of which closed on opening night, in the mid-1960s to early 1970s.
As a writer, Graham penned seven episodes of "M* A* S* H" and nine episodes of "
The Brady Bunch Hour" and the screenplays for the Mel Brooks' films "To Be or Not to Be" and " Spaceballs". He had a recurring role on " Chico and the Man" and made guest appearances on " Murder She Wrote", " Picket Fences", and " Chicago Hope".
Graham was married three times, to Jean Spitzbarth (1947 - 1950), with whom he had one child, and Ellen Hanley (1951 - 1963), with whom he had two children, and both of whom he divorced, and Sigyn Lund, (1965 - 1999), with whom he had two children and to whom he was married when he died of liver disease in
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