John Fenton Murray

Active - 1954 - 1973  |   Born - Feb 19, 1917   |   Died - Jul 24, 1996   |   Genres - Comedy

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Comedy screenwriter John Fenton Murray started out writing for Red Skelton's radio show following naval service during WW II and stayed with Skelton through his transition to television in the '50s. Murray next worked on The Jimmy Durante Show. His subsequent television credits include serving as the head writer for Gilligan's Island and McHale's Navy and writing episodes for shows like Chico and the Man. Murray wrote his first feature-film screenplay, The Atomic Kid in 1954.

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