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Coleman Jacoby, American scriptwriter. Recipient 4 Emmy awards National Academy television Arts and Sciences, Christopher award, Sylvania award. Member Writers Guild America East (life).


Born Coleman Jacobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father abandoned the family mother died when he was young.


Graduated from high school, Pittsburgh.


After studying art, he moved to New York City, New York, where he worked painting murals for nightclubs. He also started writing jokes for comedians. Joke writing for Bob Hope and Fred Allen paved the way for steady work in radio.

He changed his name to Jacoby on the recommendation of columnist Earl Wilson. He wrote for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on Your Show of Shows. The team also wrote for Phil Silvers's character Sergeant Ernie Bilko for You'll Never Get Rich (later renamed The Phil Silvers Show).


  • Other Work

    • Original writer Jackie Gleason Show, creator The Poor Soul, Reggie Van Gleason, Joe the Bartender characters. Scriptwriter: (television series) The Phil Silvers Show, 1956-1959, (Sergeant Bilko), The Garry Moore Show, Kraft Music Hall, numerous Home Box Office specialists, (teleplays) The Wonderful Worls of Burlesque (Emmy award nomination), The Bachelor (Sylvania award).


He was raised at the Jewish Home for Babies and Children from age 7.


Member Writers Guild America East (life). Clubs: Friars (New York City).


Married Gaby Monet, June 17, 1955 (deceased October 31, 2009). Children: Catherine, Antoinette.

Harry Jacoby

Etla (Bernstein) Jacoby

Gaby Monet

Catherine Jacoby

Antoinette Jacoby