David Arnold, who rose to fame as a stand-up comic and television writer, died Tuesday at age 87, his son, Dave Arnold, said.
The comedian died peacefully after a short illness, his spokesman said.
“The cause of death was complications of an illness,” said Dave Arnold in a statement to The Associated Press.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
David Arnold was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930.
He became a standup comedian in the early 1950s and later became a writer for the hit sitcom “Dynasty.”
He was also an actor, producer and writer, but never won a Emmy or an Emmy Award.
In the early 1970s, he went to work for CBS in Los Angeles.
He had been with the network for about a year before that.
He was promoted to writer in 1979 and was the only writer in a cast of five writers.
In 1986, Arnold won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a gay man on “The West Wing.”
“David was a true icon to us and to the industry.
He represented a generation of comics who were coming of age,” said David Arnold’s brother, Dave.
David Arnold’s career spanned more than 30 years.
His first film, “The Longest Day,” opened in 1962.
His second, “Mommie Dearest,” came out in 1967.
The comedy “A Perfect Union” premiered in 1974.
He also wrote the screenplay for “The Blues Brothers” and “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across America.”
David had a long career as a comedian, writing and directing movies including “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Graduate,” “Fargo,” “All in the Family,” “Rocky,” “Gone with the Wind” and the TV sitcom “The Larry Sanders Show.”
He also acted in numerous movies, including “A View to a Kill,” “Shades of Blue,” “A Night at the Opera,” “My Dinner with Andre” and several other comedies.