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Lou Derman
Lou Derman
Lou Derman both produced and wrote episodes for "All In The Family".
Personal Information
Born: (1914-09-28)September 28, 1914
Birthplace: New York City, NY, U.S.
Died February 15, 1976(1976-02-15) (aged 61)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Television writer / Producer
known for:
producing/writing episodes for Good Times. Mister Ed, & The Phyllis Diller Show, among other TV shows
Family Information
Series connection
Series involved with: All in the Family
with series:
Writer/Story editor 17 episodes
  • Script Supervisor, 23 episodes
  • Producer, 24 in series
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    Louis "Lou" Derman (September 28, 1914 - February 15, 1976), born in New York, was a magician and TV script writer/producer.


    Derman graduated from New York University. As a television comedy writer, he was co-creator and head writer of the Mr. Ed television series (6 years), head writer of December Bride (4 years), and writer and producer of All in the Family.

    Also a fan of magic, Derman wrote a columns in Genii called "KNIGHTS AT THE MAGIC CASTLE" (from January 1967 to April 1968) and later in "The Linking Ring" called "Leger-Dermania", starting in 1968. It was full of comments on the Magic Castle and advice on performing, but written in a very light tone and full of gags.

    You can find Lou mentioned 25 times in magician Dai Vernon's [1] monthly genii magazine monthly column "The Vernon Touch". Dai credits Lou with one of his best lines: "I am 76 years old and have been doing magic for over seventy years - I wasted the first six years." [2][3][4]


    He was at the height of his career as writer-producer of "All in the Family" when he died of a heart attack while driving to work. He was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. [5]


    • Add Comedy to Your Act - In addition to advice on performing, it included 50 comedy card tricks. Hawthorne Books, ASIN B00819HY8S 50 pages, 1972.
    • The Linking Ring, Vol. 52, No. 9, September 1972, LOU DERMAN, page 52, Leger-Dermania, by Lou Derman, Hollywood, California, pp. 53-57


    1. FindAGrave-icon Dai "The Professor" Vernon at Find a Grave Memorial
    2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 40, No. 3, March 1976, Lou Derman, page 182
    3. The Linking Ring, Vol. 56, No. 4, April 1976, Broken Wand, Lou Derman, page 97
    4. FindAGrave-icon Lou Derman at Find a Grave Memorial
    5. Lou Derman at

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