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Emmy winner Stan Daniels dies at 72

Stan Daniels, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who worked on two of the most acclaimed comedies of the 1970s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, has died.

Stan Daniels, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who worked on two of the most acclaimed comedies of the 1970s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, has died.

Toronto-born Daniels died of heart failure April 6, according to Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles. He was 72.

Daniels won eight Emmys during his long television career, including three as co-creator and executive producer of Taxi and three as a writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

He wrote for The Dean Martin Show and The BillCosby Show, an early Cosby situation comedy, before joining The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977. He also wrote for the Cloris Leachman spinoff series, Phyllis.

He and three MTM Productions colleagues, James L. Brooks, David Davis and Ed. Weinberger, left in 1977 to set up a production unit at Paramount Pictures.

Their show Taxi, starring Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner and Danny DeVito, debuted the following year and ran through 1983.

Daniels also co-created the Brenda Vaccaro series Lily, and co-wrote, with Brooks, the 1978 TV movie Cindy, a retelling of the Cinderella story with a black cast.

Among Daniels' other TV credits were The Kid, For Richer, For Poorer, Glory! Glory!and The Substitute Wife.

On Broadway, he composed music and lyrics for So Long 174th Street, a 1976 musical version of the play Enter Laughing.

Daniels attended the University of Toronto before receiving a fellowship to study at Oxford. Healso appearedas an actor in the 1964 CBC public affairs show This Hour Has Seven Days.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alene, and four children.