July 3, 1939|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, writer|
Michael Jay Tarses (born July 3, 1939) is an American television comedy writer and producer. He created and produced The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and The Slap Maxwell Story, co-created Buffalo Bill (with Tom Patchett), and was an executive producer for The Bob Newhart Show. His daughter is Jamie Tarses, former ABC Entertainment chief and current partner in the Pariah production company.
Tarses was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was co-creator and co-writer (with Andy Hamilton) of BBC Radio 4's situation comedy Revolting People, which was set in colonial-era Baltimore; he also plays the role of sour shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant to Hamilton's cheerfully corrupt British soldier Sergeant McGurk.
Tarses is the father of TV executive Jamie Tarses and TV writer Matt Tarses
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1976, TV)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1972-1978, TV)
- The Tony Randall Show (1976, TV, Co-creator, with Tom Patchett)
- The Chopped Liver Brothers (1977, TV movie, with Tom Patchett and Hugh Wilson)
- We've Got Each Other (1977, TV)
- Mary (1978, TV)
- Up the Academy (1980, feature film, with Tom Patchett)
- The Great Muppet Caper (1981, feature film, with Tom Patchett, Jerry Juhl and Jack Rose)
- Open All Night (1981, TV, Creator)
- Buffalo Bill (1983, TV, Co-creator, with Tom Patchett)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984, feature film with Tom Patchett and Frank Oz)
- The Slap Maxwell Story (1987, TV, Creator)
- The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987-1991, TV, Creator)
- Black Tie Affair (1993, TV)
- Public Morals (1996, TV, Co-creator, with Steven Bochco)