Herb Sargent Edit Profile
Student, Pennsylvania State University, 1941—1943. Student, University California, Los Angeles, 1946—1948.
During his tenure at Saturday Night Live, he and Chevy Chase created Weekend Update, the longest-running sketch in the show's history, and one of the longest running sketches on television. He was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1923. Raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, he studied architecture at Penn State University before serving with the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He moved to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA.
Sargent then moved to New York City and began his career in radio.
He later helped develop television specials for Petula Clark, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Alan King, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Lily Tomlin, Paul McCartney, Anne Bancroft, and Burt Bacharach. He was also President of the Writers Guild of America, East. He died from a heart attack following surgery on May 6, 2005.
Writer People for the American Way, 1970-2005. Sergeant United States Army Air Corps, 1943-1946. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (board governors), Writers Guild American East (council member 1985-1991, president 1991-2005), Dramatists Guild, Songwriters Guild American.
Married LeGrand Council Mellon.