Ed James

Show Count: 20
Series Count: 3
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 5, 1908, USA
Died: March 6, 1995, San Diego, California, United States

Ed James (June 8, 1908 – March 6, 1995) was an American television writer and television producer during the 1950s and 1960s. Among his credits are contributions to the long-running television sitcoms Father Knows Best (which he created) and F Troop. He also produced the 1959 film No Place Like Home


James's career as a comedy writer spanned four decades, and encompassed work in both radio and television. After working as a freelance writer, it was in 1949 that he had the idea for the sitcom Father Knows Best. He wrote the pilot episode which aired on U.S. radio. The series later enjoyed a successful television run during the 1950s and early '60s. James went on to write for other shows, including Leave It to Beaver, F Troop and My Favorite Martian. He retired in 1972, and died 23 years later in San Diego, California.


  • Lux Video Theater (1956-1957)
  • Leave It to Beaver (1958)
  • Armchair Theatre (1959)
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)
  • No Place Like Home (1959) writer/producer
  • Father Knows Best (1960)
  • Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960)
  • My Favorite Martian (1963)
  • Petticoat Junction (1963-1964)
  • Grindl (1964)
  • The Addams Family (1964)
  • My Three Sons (1963-1964)
  • No Time for Sergeants
  • F Troop (1965-1966)
  • The Jean Arthur Show (1966)
  • Family Affair (1967-1968)

Personal life 

From his marriage to his wife, Ed James had two daughters and a son.

Source: Wikipedia

Father Knows BestFather Knows Best
Show Count: 112
Broadcast History: 25 August 1949 to 19 November 1953
Sponsor: General Foods
Cast: Robert Young, Sam Edwards, Norma Jean Nilsson, Herb Vigran, June Whitley, Eleanor Audley, Ted Donaldson, Rhoda Williams, Jean Vander Pyl
Director: Fran Van Hartesveldt, Ken Burton, Murray Bolen
Producer: Fran Van Hartesveldt, Ken Burton, Murray Bolen
An American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio from 1949 to 1954 and on television from 1954 to 1960.