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Aaron Ruben

Mostly Credited As: Aaron Ruben
Date Of Birth: March 01, 1914 (Age 95)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Date Of Death: January 30, 2010
Cause Of Death: pneumonia

Aaron Ruben


Ruben was the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. He grew up on the West Side of Chicago and attended Lewis Institute but did not graduate. He was involved in theater in Chicago after leaving college. After service in the military he worked for studios and wrote for radio programs including Dinah Shore's program, George Burns and Gracie Allen's show and Fred Allen's show. He also co-wrote Milton Berle's 1947-48 radio series with Nat Hiken.

Ruben started his TV producing and directing career in 1954 when he directed the TV series Caesar's Hour (1954). He then directed eleven episodes of The Phil Silvers Show between 1957 and 1959 along with Silvers' CBS TV special, Keep in Step (1959). He later produced The Andy Griffith Show (1960), working on that series for 5 seasons as producer, writer and story consultant. Other credits include Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), The Headmaster (1970), Sanford and Son (1972), C.P.O. Sharkey (1976) and Teachers Only (1982). Aaron Ruben last did a voice over in the video game Buick Berle, 1954 (1995).

In 2003, Ruben won the Writers Guild of America, West's Valentine Davies Award for public service, for his work on behalf of abused children.

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Show Crew


C.P.O. Sharkey (1976)• Executive Producer
• Creator
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964)• Creator
• Executive Producer
Sanford and Son (1972)• Producer (1972-1974)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)• Story Consultant (1960-1964)
• Producer (1960-1965)
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971)• Creator
The Stockard Channing Show (1980)• Executive Producer
The Headmaster (US) (1970)• Creator
Teachers Only (1982)• Creator

Episode Crew


Teachers Only (1982) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Make-Up Test 01x05 May/12/1982 As: Writer
Cooper's Grab for Gusto 01x03 Apr/28/1982 As: Writer
The Stockard Channing Show (1980) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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Puppy Love 01x09 Jun/21/1980 As: Writer
Susan’s Big Break 01x08 Jun/14/1980 As: Writer
Exclusive: Love Finds Brad Gabriel 01x07 Jun/07/1980 As: Writer
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Unemployment Office 01x01 Mar/24/1980 As: Writer
Life Begins at Thirty 01x11 Unaired As: Writer
C.P.O. Sharkey (1976) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
Natalie's Ultimatum 02x05 Dec/02/1977 As: Writer
Goodbye Dolly 01x04 Dec/29/1976 As: Writer
Oh Captain! My Captain 01x01 Dec/01/1976 As: Writer
Sanford and Son (1972) (Credited in 21 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Way to Lamont's Heart 03x23 Mar/15/1974 As: Teleplay
Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something? 03x20 Feb/22/1974 As: Writer
Pot Luck 02x22 Feb/23/1973 As: Teleplay
Home Sweet Home for the Aged 02x21 Feb/16/1973 As: Teleplay
The Infernal Triangle 02x19 Feb/02/1973 As: Teleplay
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
My Friend the Mayor 01x01 Jan/08/1971 As: Writer
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) (Credited in 11 episodes from this show) 
 
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Goodbye Camp Handerson, Hello Sergeant Carter 05x30 May/02/1969 As: Writer
Show Time With Sgt. Carol 05x28 Apr/18/1969 As: Writer
A Little Chicken Soup Wouldn't Hurt 05x10 Dec/06/1968 As: Director, Writer
Sing a Song of Papa 03x25 Mar/08/1967 As: Writer
Opie Joins the Marines 02x26 Mar/18/1966 As: Writer
The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (Credited in 9 episodes from this show) 
 
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Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting 08x21 Jan/29/1968 As: Writer
Opie Loves Helen 05x01 Sep/21/1964 As: Director
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. 04x32 May/18/1964 As: Director, Writer
Fun Girls 04x27 Apr/13/1964 As: Writer
A Wife for Andy 03x29 Apr/15/1963 As: Writer
New Comedy Showcase (1960) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Trouble with Richard 01x04 Aug/22/1960 As: Writer
The Phil Silvers Show (1955) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
The Weekend Colonel 04x36 Jun/17/1959 As: Director
The Colonel's Second Honeymoon 04x33 May/29/1959 As: Director
Bilko and the Medium 04x14 Dec/22/1958 As: Director
Bilko Talks in His Sleep 03x08 Nov/19/1957 As: Director
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