1919 - 2012
Sidney Reznick, one of the last surviving writers from TV’s “Golden Age,” died in Los Angeles on July 24. He was a comedy writer for radio and television starting in the early 1940s with the Jimmy Durante show. Among the other performers he wrote for on radio were Bob Hope, Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Ed Wynn, Steve Allen, Sam Levenson, Robert Q. Lewis, and Jan Murray. He created the award-winning comedy game show "Sez Who" in 1957. On television, he wrote for some of the leading shows in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Jack Paar morning show and the variety shows of Garry Moore and Jackie Gleason, among others, as well as specials or series for Bob Hope, Vic Damone, Victor Borge, and the Manhattan Transfer. He was a staff writer for the Johnny Carson Tonight Show both in New York and Los Angeles, and was onstage when Tiny Tim was married on air. He also wrote episodes of "Love, American Style," "The Love Boat," "The Odd Couple," and other sitcoms, and consulted for various game shows.
He wrote jokes for Hubert Humphrey's Presidential campaign against Richard Nixon in 1968. In response to Nixon's refusal to debate, he had Humphrey refer to "Richard the Chicken-Hearted". This was cited in several political columns of the time, and Nixon mentioned it years later, when Humphrey died.
Sidney Reznick was born July 29, 1919 in New York City, the son of Ezrael Reznick and Shana Engel Reznick. He had an older sister Sylvia. He married Sima Goldberg on December 1, 1951; she passed away in 1990. He is survived by sons Bruce Reznick (Robin Sahner) of Urbana, Illinois and Robert Reznick (Pam Reznick) of Washington, DC, and grandchildren Peter Reznick and Emma Reznick.
Below are links to the latest published obituaries, memories, interveiws, and his catalogue of work in the UCLA archives. Please check back as links and photos are added daily.
Mark Evanier's blog
2004 interview in Variety
Sidney Reznick Papers at UCLA