Laurence Marks (born August 23, 1915 in Long Island, New York– died January 1, 1993, in Hollywood, California) was an American writer for radio and television shows including Hogan's Heroes and M*A*S*H. He received an award from the Writers Gould of America.[1] Marks was raised in Atlanic City, New Jersey. He graduated from Kellogg College in Michigan.

Upon graduation from college he started writing for radio comedy series, such as Duffy's Tavern and The Fred Allen Show. Marks first wrote for the television series, Studio One in 1948. He then wrote for, besides Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Flying Nun, The Doris Day Show, M*A*S*H and The Paul Lynde Show. Aces Up would be the last show he would write for. Marks also wrote an unsold CBS sitcom pilot, Ready and Willing, which was to be a spoof of the crime drama, Dragnet.

He was also a production manager for M*A*S*H and was a producer for Doc.

According to M*A*S*H creator Larry Gelbart,[2] he and Marks teamed up in 1946 to write for Jack Paar on radio, then moved to writing for Bob Hope at $1,250 a week each.

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Notes
1957 The Danny Thomas Show Writer, 1 episode
1957–1958 Perry Mason Teleplay, 3 episodes
1959–1960 The Betty Hutton Show Writer, 3 episodes
1962 Margie (TV series) Writer, 1 episode
1963–1964 The New Phil Silvers Show Script consultant, 30 episodes
1965–1968 Hogan's Heroes Writer, 68 episodes
1966 the Donna Reed Show Writer, 1 episode
1969 The Flying Nun Writer, 1 episode
1971 The Partners Writer, 2 episodes
1971–1973 The Doris Day Show Writer, 15 episode
1972–1978 M*A*S*H Writer, 28 episodes
1975 Doc (TV series) Producer, unknown episodes
1977–1978 Fish Writer, 2 episodes


  1. Laurence Marks; Radio, Television Writer, Born on Long Island, N.Y., Marks wrote for radio in New York before coming to California in the early 1940s. In Los Angeles, he wrote for many television programs, including "The Jack Paar Show," "The Donna Reed Show," "Hogan's Heroes" and "MASH." ... Marks had been honored during his career by the Writers Guild of America. ... Los Angeles Times obituary, January 7, 1993 first accessed 2009-05-21.
  2. Mike Sacks, And Here's the Kicker, p. 326.

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