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Subject: Writer & Producer Jeremy Stevens

Dies at 83
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Date Posted: Monday, November 02, 03:22:16pm

Jeremy Stevens Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Writer, Exec Producer Was 83

By Greg Evans

Jeremy Stevens, a three-time Emmy Award winner – including two as a writer and executive producer on Everybody Loves Raymond – died of renal failure on October 27 at his home in Northridge, California, surrounded by his family. He was 83,

A Brooklyn native, Stevens earned a degree in theater at Brooklyn College before studying at New York’s HB Studio under Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. Roles Off Brodway led to his hiring in the replacement cast of the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.

While working at the Fourth Wall Improvisational Theatre Group, Stevens was offered his first opportunity to write for television, penning sketches for Valerie Harper and Richard Schaal on The Skitch Henderson Show. This led to more jobs, including a stint as headwriter for the talk and variety show, Playboy After Dark.

His next job led to his first Emmy Award in 1972, when he was one of the founding writers of The Electric Company for PBS. Stevens would go on to write for such shows as Norman Lear’s Fernwood Tonight, The Richard Pryor Show, What’s Happening?, The Bad News Bears and Mork & Mindy. He temporarily returned to New York from Los Angeles to serve as head writer on the ill-fated 1981 season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Despite the notorious failure of the season, Stevens said he considered witnessing the emerging talent of a young Eddie Murphy a career highlight.

Stevens briefly returned to acting in 1976, reuniting with Harper for an appearance on Rhoda as a man proposing marriage to Julie Kavner’s Brenda.

Stevens went on to cowrite the 1985 John Candy movie Summer Rental, directed by Carl Reiner, while also performing a cameo role in the film.

He would write and produce other TV comedies including Dear John, Coach, and Down the Shore. On the latter, he first encountered fellow writer Phil Rosenthal, beginning a friendship that would lead to his joining the writing staff of Rosenthal’s Everybody Loves Raymond in its first year. He would remain on for all nine seasons, serving as Executive Producer and earning two Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series.

After Raymond, Jeremy journeyed back and forth to Russia, spending the better part of seven years supervising the successful Russian version of Everybody Loves Raymond (‘Voroniny’) which not only produced all 210 of the original Raymond episodes, but went on to create new episodes of its own. The show spawned several spinoffs.

Upon returning from overseas, Stevens retired from screenwriting to focus on a lifelong passion for teaching and mentoring as a life coach.

He is survived by his wife Margie, daughter Nellie Reed and her husband Corey; son Billy and his wife Grace; daughter Lorie; and two grandchildren, Oscar and August Reed.


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