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TELEVISION WRITER JOE BONADUCE DIES AT 77.

Byline: Holly Andres Staff Writer

NORTHRIDGE - A funeral Mass will be said Saturday for television writer Joe Bonaduce, a longtime resident of the San Fernando Valley, who died Aug. 3. He was 77.

Bonaduce was a writer and story editor for many 1960s-era situation comedies, including ``The Dick Van Dyke Show,'' ``The Andy Griffith Show,'' ``The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,'' ``One Day at a Time'' and ``That Girl.'' He also wrote for ``Bonanza'' and ``Burke's Law.''

``He met (producer) Carl Reiner, who thought my dad had a wonderful gift for dialogue and story structure,'' said son John Bonaduce.

``My dad was clever, incisive, deeply philosophical and very opinionated. Dad never played a sport with us. Our sport was words. He was a thinker and did all the hobbies of a thinker.''

Another of Bonaduce's three sons is radio personality Danny Bonaduce, who starred in TV's ``The Partridge Family.''

Joseph Bonaduce was born to Italian immigrant parents in Jessup, Pa., on Feb. 5, 1927. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism, and worked as a radio and television reporter in Pennsylvania before coming to California to produce and direct Dick Clark's ``American Bandstand'' in 1964.

Survivors include sons John, Anthony and Danny, and a daughter, Cecelia.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church, 24410 Calvert St., Woodland Hills. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708

holly.andres(at)dailynews.com
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