|Born:||2 July 1931|
|Birthplace:||Great Britain, U.K.|
|Died||2 September 1992(aged 61)|
|Deathplace:||Great Britain, U.K.|
|Spouse(s):||Three's Company wrote first 2 episodes |
The Ropers 6 episodes
|Series involved with:||Man About The House (1973-1976)|
George and Mildred (1976-1979)
Robin's Nest (1977-1981)
Johnnie Mortimer is the pen name of Clare Suffolk (2 July 1931 - 2 September 1992), a British scriptwriter for British TV whose work with creative writing partner Brian Cooke also served as inspiration for American television projects.
Biography - Career
He started out as a cartoonist, which brought him into contact with his writing partner Brian Cooke. Mortimer later wrote series for radio such as Men from the Ministry and Round the Horne, before writing many TV situation comedies including Man About the House, Never the Twain, Robin's Nest and George and Mildred, often working in partnership with Brian Cooke. A version of Man about the House later transferred to the United States when the original 1976 pilot was picked up by ABC-TV under the name Three's Company.
The partnership also wrote two plays, the first a theatrical version of George and Mildred (later renamed When the Cat's Away after the death of actress Yootha Joyce who played Mildred). The second was Situation Comedy, and featured two TV situation comedy writers struggling to come up with an idea for a new series (in the end they write a stage play instead).