Al Gordon, one of Jack Benny's chief writers, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 89. Gordon was teamed with Al Goldman and the pair contributed material to "The Jack Benny Program" for 24 years.
"Hal and I had the best jobs in Hollywood. We worked for a man who was truly a prince in this business," he explained of the job to the Los Angeles Times.
"Look, I was Jack's unpolished diamond, the guy who could really deliver the one-liners. Hal was a nice man, but I was more active. He wanted to take it easy."
Gordon's son Neil added that his father's career started after World War II when he was offered a job by a friend from the service:
"One of those guys remembered him and sent him a telegram saying, 'We'd like you to come to Hollywood and write radio shows with us.' He had an ability to know what to say and how to say it. He kept correcting their jokes and adding jokes."
by RTT Staff Writer
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