‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Co-Creator, Allan Burns, Dies at 85-Year-Old

by Clayton Edwards

Allan Burns, co-creator of some of the biggest shows in television history, died Sunday, at the age of 85. The Emmy-winning writer helped create television classics, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Munsters.”

His longtime writing partner and the other half of the creative team behind “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” James L. Brooks announced his death on Twitter.

Along with announcing his passing, Brooks added some kind words about his writing partner in the tweet. He wrote “You had to know him to appreciate his full rarity. He was simply the finest man I have ever known. A beauty of a human.” These words speak louder than any award or television legacy.

Ad Asner, co-star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” also tweeted about Burns, mourning the passing of not only the creator of one of television’s greatest shows but also a good friend.

Allan Burns leaves behind a legacy of well-loved television shows as well as films. He is survived by his wife Joan, sons Eric and Matt, and five grandchildren, Variety reports.