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Milt Josefsberg
"All in the Family" script supervisor/editor Milt Josefsberg
Personal Information
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Deathplace: Burbank, California, U.S.
Television screenwriter/producer
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: (script supervisor - 71 episodes, Seasons 5-9
(story editor - 24 episodes, Seasons 6)
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Milt Josefsberg (June 29, 1911 - December 14, 1987) served as script supervisor/story editor for a total of 96 episodes of All in the Family from Seasons 5-9.


Milt Josefsberg's first big break came in 1938, when he was hired as writer on Bob Hope's radio program.[1] Milt was a radio writer for Jack Benny and later for many television sitcoms, such as AITF and its direct spinoff continuation series Archie Bunker's Place, Here's Lucy, The Lucy Show, The Odd Couple and The Jack Benny Show. He wrote books on the Jack Benny Show and comedy writing. Jim Wickey of The Green House, The Rip Borsley Show once commented about Josefsberg:

"Milt Josefsberg is an American success story. I doubt I would be writing if I had not been influenced by Milt, and I know that can be said for many of today's writers. The WGA picket line would be thinner without him!"

Also a producer and script reader, Josefsberg, who was called by Mel Shavelson, one-time creative partner and three-time Writers Gould of America (WGA) president "the maven of comedy" [2], did such for the television show, The Joey Bishop Show from 1961 to 1965, the film Butterfly (1979), as well as the TV series, You Can't Take It With You, which ran from 1987 to 1988. He also penned the books The Jack Benny Show [3] and Comedy Writing for Television and Hollywood: For Television and Hollywood with Garry Marshall (executive producer of the ABC-TV sitcom series Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley) [4]

Family life and death[]

Josefsberg and wife Hilda and had two sons, Steven and Alan. Alan had two children, Suzi and D.J., Josefberg's great grandchildren, Amber and Taylor Ellison (Suzi's) and D.J. Josefsberg's two sons, #1 & #2. All live today, still in Southern California. Josefsberg died in Burbank, California.


  1. Josefsberg, Milt: The Jack Benny Show (Arlington House Publishers, 1977), p. 52. ISBN 087000347X, ISBN 9780870003479.
  2. Obituaries : Wrote for Benny, Hope, Lucille Ball : Milt Josefsberg; 'Maven of Comedy', Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1987, by Paul Feldman, Times Staff Writer, accessed September 22, 2013.
  3. The Jack Benny Show by Milt Josefsberg (Hardcover, 496 pages), ISBN-10: 087000347X, ISBN 9780870003479 (ISBN-13), Arlington House Publishers, 1977.
  4. Comedy Writing for Television and Hollywood: For Television and Hollywood by Milt Josefsberg and Garry Marshall, (paperback), ISBN-10: 0060960868, ISBN 978-0060960865 (ISBN-13), V Perennial ,HarperCollins Publishers, September 1, 1987.

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