Mickey Rose, a childhood friend and former writing partner of Woody Allen, died Sunday (April 7), the LA Times reports. He was 77 years old. As children, Rose and Allen bonded over their loves of baseball, jazz and movies.
As an adult, Rose is credited as a writer on three of Allen’s movies: 1966’s “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?,” 1969’s “Take the Money and Run,” and 1971’s “Bananas.” After his work with Allen, Rose moved on to write for television. He penned episodes of several classic shows, including “All in the Family,” “The Dean Martin Comedy Hour,” and “The Odd Couple.”
His last writing credit came in the late 1980s, with two episodes of “227.” Though Rose stepped back from comedy writing, he stayed in touch with Allen through the years, his family says. In a statement from Allen, the writer-director speaks highly of his friend, saying, “Mickey was one of the funniest humans I know, a true original and a total eccentric and a wonderful first baseman. We played a lot of baseball together. Once, when I asked him what death meant to him he said, ‘no more malteds.'”