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Nat Perrin

Nat Perrin
Born (1905-03-15)March 15, 1905
The Bronx, New York
Died May 9, 1998(1998-05-09) (aged 93)
Los Angeles
Occupation Comedy writer

Nat Perrin (March 15, 1905 – May 9, 1998) was an American comedy writer, who contributed gags and storylines to several Song of the Thin Man, as well as several iconic television series.


An attorney who never practiced, Perrin had landed a job in the Moss Hart. Marx was impressed with Perrin, and arranged for him to be hired by Paramount Studios for the film Monkey Business. The two would go on to become lifelong friends. In the late 1930s, Perrin produced for Columbia Pictures, moving to MGM in the mid-1940s. In the early 1950s, he became a producer for such shows as The Red Skelton Show and Death Valley Days. He produced and was head writer for The Addams Family series from 1964–1966.

Beginning in the late 1970s and well into his later years, Mr. Perrin taught screenwriting and film history at California State University Northridge.

His lifelong friendship with Groucho Marx, for whom he also wrote the iconic Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel radio shows, came to a close when Perrin served as temporary conservator of the comedian's estate in 1977.

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