Ben Starr

Ben Starr wrote the three episodes of "The Brady Bunch" TV series, in Seasons 3 and 4.

Vital Information
Name: Ben Starr
Birthname: Benjamin Starr
Born: (1921-10-18)October 18, 1921
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career Information
Occupation: Television producer, creator and writer
Family/Personal information
Character/Series involvement
Series inolved with: The Brady Bunch
Job with series: wrote 3 episodes in Seasons 3 & 4

Benjamin Starr (October 18, 1921 – January 19, 2014) was a television producer, creator, writer and playwright who wrote three episodes of The Brady Bunch TV series, the Season 3 episodes "The Personality Kid" and "Dough Re Mi" and the Season 4 episode, "Snow White and the Seven Bradys".


Starr co-created the NBC sitcom series Silver Spoons, helped develop The Facts of Life, and was a regular screenwriter for the popular series Mister Ed and All in the Family. He also wrote for such comedies as Chico and the Man, Maude, The Andy Griffith Show, Petticoat Junction and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He is notably credited for writing The Brady Bunch episode "The Personality Kid" in which Peter Brady (Christopher Knight) delivers his Humphrey Bogart impersonation of "pork chops and applesauce". Starr also penned the Diff'rent Strokes line "What are you talking about, Willis?", in which Gary Coleman delivered in his own way and made it a catchphrase.[1][2]

Ben also co-wrote the screenplays for the 1966 James Bond parody flick Our Man Flint, the 1966 Western satire Texas Across the River and the animated versions of Treasure Island (1972) and Oliver Twist (1974). He also wrote plays, including Broadway's 'The Family Way in 1965.[1][3] The 2012 documentary Lunch featured Starr, along with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and other career comedy writers and performers who reflected on the genre and the industry.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "'Facts of Life,' 'Silver Spoons' Co-Creator Ben Starr Dies at 92". Variety. 20 January 2014. ISSN 0042-2738.
  2. "Remembering Ben Starr". Archive of American Television. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. 20 January 2014.
  3. "R.I.P. Writer-Producer Ben Starr". PMC. 20 January 2014.

External links

  • Ben Starr at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
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