'David Davis Dead: ‘Bob Newhart Show,’ ‘Taxi’ Writer was

‘Bob Newhart Show,’ ‘Taxi’ Writer was

David Davis,

a veteran comedy writer who co-created the indelible ensemble comedies “The Bob Newhart Show” and “

Davis’ death

was confirmed Saturday by his daughter, Samantha Davis-Friedman

Survivors also

include his wife of many decades, “Rhoda” star Julie Kavner, now best known as the

He wrote

for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda,” in addition to helping to craft two

Born in

Brooklyn in 1936, Davis got his start in TV as a script supervisor on such early 1960

Davis shot

footage highlighting Chicago’s post-modernist building boom in the early 1970s for the memorable title

” He also

lensed the memorable 1974 “Rhoda’s Wedding” episode of “Mary Tyler Moore” spinoff “Rhoda,” which featured

Davis co-created

“Bob Newhart Show” for Newhart, who was by then a well-established comedic voice

Davis followed

that up with “Taxi” which aired from 1978 to 1983 (at first on ABC and in its

The acclaimed

series was co-created by Davis with fellow MTM writer/producer/directors James L

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