Lowell Ganz

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Lowell Ganz (born August 31, 1948) is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel.

Life and career

Ganz was born in New York City, New York, the son of Jean (née Farber) and Irving Ganz, an arts supply executive. Both of his parents were first generation Americans born in New York, with his mother's family of Polish-Jewish origin from the Bialystok area, and his father's family of Hungarian-Jewish origin from Maramaros county in what is today northern Romania.

Ganz grew up in Queens, New York. He briefly attended Queens College CUNY, where he and his friend Mark Rothman wrote several comedic skits and shows for school productions. After Rothman's father Abe --- a chauffeur who sometimes drove for the Mike Douglas TV talk show in Philadelphia -- was able to pass a spec script of theirs to Tony Randall, whom he was transporting to and from the set of the show, the two got a try-out writing gig on Randall's hit TV show The Odd Couple. However, the producers of the show would only pay for them to come to Los Angeles, California one-way. Ganz and Rothman dropped out of college and headed west to take the job. After being fired -- causing them to briefly live in their car and contemplate driving back across the country to New York -- and then re-hired by producer Garry Marshall, the two became regular writers on the...
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