Marsh McCall, ‘Fuller House’ Writer and Producer, Dies at 52

2:36 PM PDT 5/22/2017 by Mike Barnes

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Marsh McCall and actress Wendie Mal­ick in 2003

He was one of the original scribes on ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’ and a mainstay on ‘Just Shoot Me!’

Marsh McCall, an orig­i­nal writer on Late Night With Conan O’Brien who went on to work on sit­coms includ­ing Just Shoot Me!, Last Man Stand­ing and Fuller House, has died. He was 52.

McCall died unex­pect­ed­ly Sun­day night at his home in Stu­dio City, his agent, Nan­cy Jones at CAA, told The Hol­ly­wood Reporter. No cause of death is known.

A for­mer humor colum­nist for the now-defunct Penin­su­la Times Tri­bune in the San Fran­cis­co area, McCall began his show busi­ness career on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, work­ing along­side Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk and oth­ers and shar­ing an office with Andy Richter. He was one of the first six writ­ers hired for the show.

About a year lat­er, McCall came to Los Ange­les and joined Just Shoot Me!, the NBC work­place com­e­dy that starred Lau­ra San Gia­co­mo, George Segal, Wendie Mal­ick and David Spade. He exec­u­tive pro­duced 97 episodes and wrote 11 install­ments of the Steve Lev­i­tan-cre­at­ed show, which ran for sev­en sea­sons, from 1997 through 2003.

McCall wrote for and exec pro­duced the Tim Allen star­rer Last Man Stand­ing at ABC, and his sit­com cred­its include The Naked Truth, Men at Work, I’m With Her and Jen­nifer Falls.

McCall and Nia Varda­los co-cre­at­ed the 2003 CBS series My Big Fat Greek Life, based on the lat­ter’s hit 2002 movie, and he cre­at­ed with Michael Lee­son and John Lith­gow the NBC show Twen­ty Good Years, which last­ed just a month in 2006.

McCall wrote and exec pro­duced for Fuller House, the Net­flix reboot that pre­miered in 2016. A third sea­son is upcom­ing.

A state­ment from series cre­ator Jeff Franklin and the “Fuller House fam­i­ly” said they were “heart­bro­ken.”

He was our bright­est shin­ing star, always smil­ing and always there with the per­fect joke,” they said. “Beyond his immense tal­ent, he was the hap­pi­est com­e­dy writer we’ve seen, and his love of life was con­ta­gious. We will miss him dear­ly, and our hearts go out to his beau­ti­ful fam­i­ly and a uni­verse of friends who adored him.”

On Face­book, Fuller House writer Craig Shoe­mak­er called McCall “a man of bal­ance, integri­ty, intel­li­gence and grace, show­ing this new­com­er to a writ­ers room how it’s done the right way. Marsh treats oth­ers with respect and kind­ness, while remain­ing pas­sion­ate and focused on the work. He’s a guide with­out the title, sim­ply being gen­uine, engag­ing and fun­ny, while still bang­ing out the work to be done.

Marsh is one authen­tic, gen­er­ous spir­it, and now his spir­it has passed on. In a state of shock right now, the day sud­den­ly halt­ed by pro­found sad­ness from this hor­ri­ble news.”

A big Bea­t­les and Mon­ty Python fan, McCall was raised in Palo Alto, Calif., and grad­u­at­ed from Stan­ford, and his father taught at the school.

Sur­vivors include his wife Jasa and daugh­ter Stel­la.–1006423


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