Michael Ross co-created The Jeffersons TV series with Don Nicholl and Bernie West.
|Born:||August 4, 1919|
|Birthplace:||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died||May 26, 2009(aged 89)|
|Deathplace:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Screenwriter/story editor/script supervisor, Television producer|
|Spouse(s):||Irene Saslaw (1950 - 2000, her death)|
|Appeared on:||The Jeffersons, co-creator along with Don Nicholl and Bernie West|
Michael "Mickey" Ross (born Isadore Rovinsky) (August 4, 1919 – May 26, 2009) was an American Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and television producer. Ross, together with writing partners Don Nicholl and Bernie West, were writers/producers for All In The Family, for which Ross won an Emmy in 1973, The Jeffersons (for which he also co-wrote the Season 1 episode "A Dinner for Harry" with Nicholl and West) , and Three's Company. Ross and West continued as executive producers of Three's Company after the death of partner Nicholl in 1980, also producing the spin-off shows The Ropers and Three's a Crowd.
Life, career and deathEdit
Born and raised in New York City to Jewish family, Ross graduated from City College of New York City in 1939. Ross then served as a bomber pilot in United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Ross, along with longtime business partner Bernie West, made his mark in the 1970s with the breakout TV sitcom, “All in the Family,” for which he won a writing Emmy in 1973.
After partnering on such earlier shows as The Garry Moore Show and The Martha Raye Show, Ross went on to scribe and serve as exec producer for Family spin-off The Jeffersons, about an African-American family living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Ross later established the Michael and Irene Ross Chair in Hebrew and Yiddish and the Michael and Irene Ross Program in Jewish Studies at the City University of New York in New York City.
He also made a $3 million bequest and 25% share of his rights to all his shows to the National Yiddish Book Center. Ross died May 26, 2009 due to complications following stroke nd myocardial infarction.