I was born on Long Island to military parents who would have much
preferred a new dining room set. After a peripatetic childhood I
did hard time at the University of South Florida before moving to
Los Angeles to be either a stand-up comic or a writer.
Since writing paid actual money while stand-up did not, I
signed onto the original writing staff of MORK AND MINDY, leaving
two seasons later after having written 15 of the initial 52
episodes, one of which was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize.
I then relocated to New York to write and produce the premier
season of LOVE, SIDNEY, starring Tony Randall and Swoosie Kurtz, the
first prime-time comedy featuring an openly gay lead character (many
years before WILL AND GRACE) and the show for which I received my
second Emmy nomination.
Back to the west coast, I wrote and produced series such as 9
to 5 (the
TV version of the feature film), TEACHERS ONLY, starring Lynn
Redgrave, and WEBSTER, before co-creating the first half-hour comedy
specifically made for cable, SANCHEZ OF BEL AIR.
From 1987 to 1991 I stopped doing TV staff work so I could take
a four-year course at the oldest homeopathic medical school in
England. During that time I worked strictly freelance, supporting
myself by writing made-for-television movies and mini-series.
After graduating from The College of Homeopathy in London, I
returned to television, co-creating the series BOY MEETS WORLD which
ran on ABC from 1993 to 2000.
In 2000 I moved to a farm in Tennessee, where I now write less
soul-sucking material than TV scripts. I have two dogs who stay
with me more from Stockholm syndrome than any genuine feeling of
a sample Chapter of WINGED