Mickey Rose, a comedy writer for movies and TV, died of cancer at age 77 on Sunday, his family announced today.
Rose supplied material for Sid Caesar, Dick Van Dyke, The Smothers Brothers, Johnny Carson, and Rodney Dangerfield. But he is probably best known for his early collaborations with Woody Allen.
Rose’s TV work began on The Sid Caesar Show. He wrote classic routines for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, and for The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, ABC Saturday Comedy Special, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters and The Smothers Brothers Show. His also wrote episodes of Happy Days, The Odd Couple, All in the Family, Love, American Style, The Super, Mary’s Cookies, Too Close for Comfort, The Love Boat, Archie, Van Dyke and Company and Charlie's Angels.
In a statement this week, Allen said, "Mickey was one of the funniest humans I know, a true original and a total eccentric and a wonderful first baseman. We played a lot of baseball together. Once, when I asked him what death meant to him he said, 'No more malteds.'"
Mickey Rose and Woody Allen met in high school and Rose is credited with writing the “I Shot a Moose” routine Allen used in his early standup. Rose co-wrote the Allen films What’s Up Tiger Lily? in 1966, Take the Money and Run in 1969 and Bananas in 1971. Allen was best man at Rose’s wedding to Judy Wolf, who died in 2003. Rose is survived by his daughter Jennifer, who is a stand-up comedian, his son Quincy Rose who is a filmmaker, and two grandchildren.