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Morton Lachman Edit Profile

writer , theatrical director and producer

Morton Lachman was a comedy writer and producer who worked for Bob Hope for more than twenty years and subsequently produced sitcoms for television, including All in the Family and Kate & Allie.


Lachman, Morton was born on March 20, 1918 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Sol and Rose (Bloom) Lachman.


Bachelor of Arts, University Washington, Seattle, 1939.


He was also the co-creator (with Sy Rosen) and executive producer of Gimme A Break!, which ran from 1981 to 1987 on NBC. He died three days before his 91st birthday from a diabetes-related heart attack.


  • He won two Emmy awards — one in 1978 for his work on All in the Family, and one in 1974 for his direction of an episode of The ABC Afternoon Playbreak.


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  • Other Work

    • Executive producer: (television series) Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show, 1970, All in the Family (Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series, 1978), 1976-1979, In the Beginning, 1978, Archie Bunker's Place, 1979, Sanford, 1980, No Soap, Radio, 1982, Spencer, 1984, Kate & Allie, 1984-1988, Gimme A Break, 1985, The Stiller & Meara Show, 1986, Baghdad Cafe, 1990. Producer: (television movies) Not in Front of the Kids, 1984, The Mating Call, 1984. (television specials) The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show, 1971.

      Head writer, producer, director The Bob Hope Show, 1947-1975. Head writer 11 Academy Award shows. Co-writer: (films) Mixed Company, 1974, Yours, Mine & Ours, 2005.

      Director (television episodes) That's My Mama (2 episodes), 1975, ABC Afternoon Playbreak: The Girl Who Couldn't Lose, (Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Director for a Daytime Special Program), 1975.


With Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member of El Caballero, Queens, Tamerisk, Rangoon Racquet.


Married Elaine Lachman, June 23, 1940. Children: Joanne, Dianne, Robert. Married Natalie Gittelson.

Stepchildren: Celia, Eve, Tony.

Sol Lachman

Rose (Bloom) Lachman

Elaine Lachman

Natalie Gittelson

Joanne Lachman

Dianne Lachman

Robert Lachman

Celia Lachman

Eve Lachman

Tony Lachman