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Alan "Buz" Kohan (born August 9, 1933) is an American television writer, producer and composer.[1]

Buz Kohan
Alan W. Kohan

(1933-08-09) August 9, 1933 (age 86)
OccupationTelevision writer, record producer, composer, screenwriter
Years active1963-2008
Rhea Arnold (m. 1962)
Children3, including David and Jenji Kohan
Parent(s)Charles Kohan
May Kohan

Early lifeEdit

Kohan was born to a Jewish family[2] in the Bronx, New York City,[3] the son of Charles (b. 1902) and May Kohan.[3] His father was in the leotard business and his mother was a housewife.[3]


After working in New York, in 1967, Kohan was offered work on The Carol Burnett Show, relocating to Los Angeles.[4]

As a television producer, he produced many television specials, including Bing Crosby's Christmas Show (1970), Perry Como's Winter Show (1971), Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas (1971), The Arthur Godfrey Special (1972), The Keane Brothers Show, Gene Kelly: An American in Pasadena (1978), and Shirley MacLaine: Illusions (1982).

As a writer, he wrote special material for Night of One Hundred Stars, produced at Radio City Music Hall, New York City in 1982, and also (with Marvin Hamlisch, Christopher Adler, and Larry Grossman) Shirley MacLaine on Broadway, produced at Gershwin Theatre, New York City, in 1984. He wrote songs with (and for) his dear friend singer-entertainer Michael Jackson, such as "You Were There" (a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. sung by Jackson), "Gone Too Soon" (written during the early '80s, recorded later for Jackson's Dangerous album released in 1991 as a tribute to Ryan White), "Scared of the Moon" (a rare song from 1985, sung by Michael Jackson, released in 2004 by Sony Music), and "Make a Wish," a never-heard song written by Kohan and sung by Jackson, for the Steven Spielberg version of Peter Pan, Hook.

Personal lifeEdit

Kohan met his wife Rhea Arnold when she was working in Lake George, New York.[4] They married on July 17, 1962 and they have three children together: Jono, David Kohan (who are twins), and Jenji Kohan. As Rhea Kohan, his wife has published the novels Save Me a Seat (Harper & Row, 1979) and Hand-Me-Downs (Random House, 1980).

He and his children David and Jenji have all won Emmys, making them one of just twelve families with parents and children who have won.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Buz Kohan Biography (1933-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "Jenji Kohan: Smoking the Stereotypes" by Danielle Berrin May 20, 2009
  3. ^ a b c Emmy TV Legends Interview: "Buz Kohan on how he got his nickname" retrieved October 10, 2015
  4. ^ a b Aushenker, Michael (27 March 2003). "Queen of Laughter: Rhea Kohan reigns as mistress of ceremonies at Jewish functions in Los Angeles". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2014.

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