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Charlie Hauck, Writer-Producer of ‘Maude’ and ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 79

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Charlie Hauck, Emmy-nominated writer-producer of “Maude” and “Frasier,” died of problems from pancreatic most cancers on Saturday on the age of 79. Warner Bros. TV confirmed his demise at his home in Los Angeles to Variety.The longtime author labored on the CBS sequence “Maude” for 3 seasons, each as a producer and author of nearly 20 episodes. In 1979, Hauck co-created the ABC sequence “The Associates,” which earned him an Emmy nomination for excellent writing in a comedy sequence.Hauck reunited with “Maude” producer Elliot Shoenman within the ’90s, as an government producer and author on ABC comedy sequence “Home Improvement,” starring Tim Allen. In 2000, he moved on to hitch the workers of NBC’s “Frasier,” for which he obtained his second Emmy nomination as one of many producers of an impressive comedy sequence.“I think it is fair to look at something and say, ‘I could do that,’” Hauck stated of writing for the display in a 1993 interview with The Washington Post. “The tricky thing about television is it is sort of like marksmanship: You say, ‘I could do that,’ but not everybody can. As self-referential and formulaic and sappy as a lot of TV seems, even on the lower levels it is kind of difficult to do. On the higher levels — a good show on a good night — television can be quite exquisite and very difficult.”Hauck was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from John Carroll University, town’s Jesuit college. In 1963, he moved to Pittsburgh, the place he served as a reporter and Pittsburgh bureau chief of Businessweek journal.The author broke into the leisure trade as a TV reporter and anchor at Pittsburgh’s WQED, the place he additionally labored on “Drink, Drank, Drunk,” a PBS particular on alcoholism. Even when he moved to Los Angeles in 1974, Hauck stored in contact with comic Michael Keaton, who he had met throughout his time at WQED.“Charlie was one of the first people who opened the door for me,” stated Keaton. “I was about a month away from moving to New York, and Charlie said, ‘I think you ought to think about Los Angeles.’ And I’ll never forget the expression he used. He said, ‘It’s wide open out here.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll come out,’ and I never thought I’d stay, and I just never left.”Story continuesHauck discovered preliminary success in Hollywood, reserving alternatives to jot down for “The Flip Wilson Special.” A script he wrote for “The Bob Newhart Show” quickly landed him the author place on “Maude.”Hauck additionally wrote the pilot episode of “The Two of Us,” CBS’ long-running sequence that was subsequently titled “Valerie’s Family” and, later, “The Hogan Family.”For a number of years, Hauck additionally emceed the Humanitas Prize, an occasion based by Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser to have a good time writers for making a constructive affect by means of their work. He additionally served as a trustee of the Writers Guild Foundation.Hauck is survived by his accomplice Logan Dalla Betta, daughter Flannery, sons Maurice, Seth and Perry, sister Maryanne Straub and grandchildren Natasha and Oliver.Donations could also be made to Humanitas Prize.More from VarietyJoin Variety’s Newsletter. For the newest information, comply with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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