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Ronny Graham

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Birth dateAugust 26, 1919
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of deathJuly 4, 1999(age 79)
Death placeLos Angeles, California

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Ronny Graham (August 26, 1919 July 4, 1999) was an American actor and theatre director, composer, lyricist, and writer.

Graham was born Ronald Montcrief Stringer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second of five children born to vaudeville performers Florence (née Sweeney) and Thomas Graham Stringer (a.k.a. Steve Graham). Graham. a self-taught jazz pianist, began his career as a nightclub comic with a specialty in wry character monologues for which he provided the musical accompaniment, à la Dwight Fiske. He made his Broadway debut in the revue New Faces of 1952, to which he contributed sketches and lyrics and in which he performed. He won the Theatre World Award for his efforts. He later made similar contributions to New Faces of 1956 and New Faces of 1962. He wrote the lyrics for Bravo Giovanni, which garnered him a Tony Award nomination, and directed a string of unsuccessful plays, two of which closed on opening night, in the mid-1960s to early 1970s.

As a writer, Graham penned seven episodes of M*A*S*H (and guest starring in one-as Sgt. Gribble in the episode "Your Hit Parade," in which he was program consultant) and nine episodes of The Brady Bunch Hour and the screenplays for the Mel Brooks' films To Be or Not to Be and Spaceballs. He had a recurring role on Chico and the Man and made guest appearances on Murder She Wrote, Picket Fences, and Chicago Hope.

Graham was married four times, to Jean Spitzbarth (1947 1950), with whom he had one child; Ellen Hanley (1951 1963), with whom he had two children; Sigyn Lund, (1965 1973), with whom he had two children; and Pamela Gill (1974 1999), to whom he was married when he died of liver disease in Los Angeles.

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