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Jack Douglas, 80; Emmy-Winning Writer

February 05, 1989

Jack Douglas, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and a frequent guest and foil for Jack Paar on the old "Tonight Show" has died. He was 80.

Douglas died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, where he was admitted with pneumonia, said Mary Ann Sauvage of George Schlatter Productions.

"He saw the world from a different angle than the rest of us. He was not only funny, he was nice," said George Schlatter, creator and producer of television's "Laugh-In."

Douglas wrote for Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, as well as Bob Hope, Woody Allen, Red Skelton, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Bing Crosby and George Gobel.

He and three other writers won an Emmy in 1954 for best written comedy material for "The George Gobel Show."

Douglas is survived by his wife, Reiko, a singer and comedian who often joined him for visits on "The Tonight Show," and two sons.

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