Mumford and Wilcox, who met in New York while Wilcox was working across the hall from Mumford as a writer for "Sesame Street," became partners in the late 1970s after Wilcox moved to L.A. The following year, Mumford moved to Los Angeles to break into primetime TV. He got his entry writing jokes for Alan King and Flip Wilson.
In an era when African Americans were rarely found in TV writers' rooms, Mumford was committed to crafting fully realized African-American characters and combatting the use of easy stereotypes.
Mumford battled Hollywood ageism in recent years, but he was undaunted and continued to pitch ideas and work on scripts. "He was always better than any agent in finding us work." "He was still thumping the tub to get work," Wilcox said.
In addition to Coleman, survivors include his brother Jeffrey Mumford, niece Josephine Mumford, stepmother Gloria Mumford, stepsister Karen Cooper, and stepbrother Donnell Cooper.” />
Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from "MASH" to "The Electric Company" to "Blue's Clues," has died after a long illness. Thaddeus Q. He was 67.
Mumford was a sports buff and a life-long Yankees fan. He worked as a bat boy for the team as a teenager.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mumford worked as a page for the local NBC affiliate WRC-TV while in high school and soon began selling jokes to Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers. After high school, he attended Fordham University in New York City, where he landed a job as a writer on PBS' "The Electric Company." He earned an Emmy for his work on the show in 1973.
6 at his father's home in Silver Spring, Md., according to his sister-in-law, Donna Coleman. Mumford died Sept.
Woo pulls out a long needle, Winchester dismisses the treatment as "voodoo." Harry Morgan's folksy Col. Sherman Potter quickly responds: "Woo, do that voodoo you do so well," which was a line Mumford came up with in the clutch, Wilcox recalled. When a character named Dr. Wilcox recalled an episode of "MASH" in which David Ogden Stiers' stuffy Major Charles Winchester character balks at trying acupuncture to treat his back pain.
With his longtime writing partner Dan Wilcox, Mumford worked on the final three seasons of "MASH," as well as such shows as "Maude," "Good Times," "ALF," "B.J. and the Bear," "Coach," "The Cosby Show," "A Different World," "Home Improvement," and "Judging Amy."
The script won the pair their staff writer jobs on the show. Mumford earned three other Emmy nominations for his work on "MASH." Wilcox said Mumford was proud of the 1979 "MASH" episode "Are You Now, Margaret?" in which Loretta Swit's Margaret Houlihan is accused of being a Communist.
Mumford was a quick wit who had a knack for coming up with jokes and punch lines. "He was incredibly fast with a fully formed joke," Wilcox told Variety. "Sometimes you wondered where they came from."