Emmy Award-winning television veteran Danny Arnold, who wrote and produced series such as "Barney Miller" and "Bewitched," has died of heart failure, Daily Variety reported. He was 70.
The Hollywood trade paper said Arnold died Saturday evening at his Los Angeles home.
Arnold received Emmys for a comedy series twice--in the 1969-70 season for "My World and Welcome to It" and in the 1981-82 season for "Barney Miller." "Miller" also earned him a Peabody Award.
In 1985, the Writers Guild of America gave Arnold its lifetime achievement honor, the Paddy Chayefsky Award.
Born in New York City, he began his career in summer stock and vaudeville as an actor and stand-up comedian. But his first Hollywood contract was as a sound editor at Columbia in 1944.
As an actor he appeared in supporting roles with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in "Scared Stiff" and "Sailor Beware" and subsequently co-wrote "The Caddy" for the comedy duo. Arnold segued into TV variety in 1956 as a writer on the "Tennessee Ernie Ford Show." He later did similar duties on "The Rosemary Clooney Show."