Frank Shaw was a television comedy writer and producer. The collection consists of television scripts, memos, and notes related
to Shaw's career. Projects represented in the collection include
The Bill Cosby Show ,
Co-ed Fever, and
The Glen Campbell Show (1971-72), among others.
Frank Shaw was born in New York City in 1932 and graduated from Syracuse University. After military service in Korea, Shaw
studied acting in New York. He Shaw appeared in the off-Broadway play,
Prometheus Bound, the film
The Night They Raided Minsky's and in Mel Brooks' musical,
The Producers. In the 1960s, Shaw partnered with actor Michael Elias to write and perform comedy. They appeared in comedy clubs, college
The Tonight Show. Shaw, along with Elisa, started their Hollywood careers as writers for
The Leslie Uggams Show. Shaw's television credits as television writer and/or producer inlcude
The Bill Cosby Show,
The Glen Campbell Hour,
The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and others. He also wrote comedy sketches and worked with many top comedians including Steve Martin, Dom DeLuise and Carl
Reiner, among others. In 1979, Shaw and Elias wrote the original screenplay for Robert Altman's
The Frisco Kid. Shaw died in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1992. From: Frank Shaw Script Collection finding aid, William M. Randall Library
Special Collections, University of North Carolina Wilmington http://library.uncw.edu/web/collections/manuscript/ms292.html.
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