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Screen Writer Dies of Pneumonia

February 24, 1995

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Lewis Meltzer, a screenwriter whose credits included ``Golden Boy″ and ``The Man With the Golden Arm,″ died of pneumonia Thursday. He was 84.

Meltzer was born in New York City to a show business family. His father, Isidor Meltzer, was a comedian in Yiddish theater.

``He was always on the road with his father. They traveled the circuit from New York to Philadelphia to Chicago,″ said his son, Joshua.

Meltzer moved to Hollywood in 1938 at the request of director Rouben Mamoulian and worked for several studios over a 30-year career. He lost his eyesight about 10 years ago and moved to Albuquerque 5 1/2 years ago, his son said.

Besides ``Golden Boy″ (1939) and ``Man With the Golden Arm″ (1955), Meltzer’s screen-writing credits included ``The Lady in Question″ (1940), ``Once Upon a Time″ (1944), ``Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven″ (1948), ``Along the Great Divide″ (1950), ``The Jazz Singer″ (a 1952 remake starring Danny Thomas) and ``Autumn Leaves″ (1955).

Meltzer’s brother, who survives him, is character actor Sid Melton, who played Uncle Charley on ``The Danny Thomas Show″ and Alf Monroe on ``Green Acres.″

He also is survived by his second wife, Diane; daughters Martha Meltzer of Northridge, Calif., and Sarah Meltzer of Albuquerque; sons Joshua of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Nathaniel of Albuquerque; and two grandchildren.

Meltzer’s funeral was scheduled for Monday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.

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