Jim Fritzell (left) with fellow scriptwriter Everett Greenbaum (right) in 1978, and with who he collaborated on many TV show and film projects which included such series as "The Andy Griffith Show", "Ther Real McCoys", "M*A*S*H", and the films "The Shakiest Gun In The West" and "The Reluctant Astronaut".
|Born:||February 19, 1920|
|Birthplace:||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Died||March 9, 1979(aged 60)|
|Death Location||Los Angeles, Californis, U.S.|
|TV anf film screewriter and actor|
|Appeared on/Involved with:||M*A*S*H; Co wrote 35 episodes with Everett Greenbaum|
Jim Fritzell (born James Gustave Fritzell on February 19, 1920 - March 9, 1979) was a American television and film screenwriter who co-wrote, with Everett Greenbaum, 29 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and one episode of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.. He also wrote episodes of the TV series "Mister Peepers" (receiving one Emmy nomination), Make Room for Daddy, The Real McCoys, The New Andy Griffith Show, The Odd Couple, Love American Style, Sanford and Son (they co-wrote 3 episodes), The Doris Day Show and M*A*S*H. He also wrote the
screenplays for the ack Lemmon film Good Neighbor Sam, the Don Knotts films The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut and The Shakiest Gun in the West, and the Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket. In a 22-year partnership, Greenbaum and Fritzell also won three Writers' Guild awards and four Emmy nominations, and collaborated on more than 150 scripts. These included the Walter Brennan sitcom The Real McCoys (1957-62), The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) and M*A*S*H, on which they worked for five years, contributing 35 episodes.
Greenbaum died at the age of 59 in Los Angeles, California. .