Ron Friedman (producer)

Ronald I. Friedman (born August 1, 1932) is an American television and film producer and writer most known for his work on such animated television shows as G.I. Joe, The Transformers and the Marvel Action Hour. He has also written for shows including Iron Man and Fantastic Four as well as the animated film The Transformers: The Movie.

Ron Friedman
Ronald I. Friedman

(1932-08-01) August 1, 1932 (age 90)
Occupation(s)Television producer, television writer, director, voice actor
Years active1965–present

Early life and educationEdit

Friedman attended Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture.


Friedman has written over 700 hours of episodes for many TV series, such as The Andy Griffith Show, The Good Guys, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island, All in the Family, The Odd Couple, Happy Days and That's My Mama.

In animation, Friedman created the G.I. Joe series and developed Transformers for American television, re-writing over 64 episodes. He also worked with Stan Lee to create The Marvel Action Hour. Friedman also has 42 feature scripts to his name, the most recent of which was just purchased by West Coast Film Partners for production in early 2011.[1]

He has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards, and has won several WGA Awards.

Friedman has appeared twice recently on Gilbert Gottfried's audio podcast and on Mark Evanier's video podcast in September 2020, cementing his reputation as one of the industry's most compelling raconteurs. His anecdote, told to Gottfried in their first podcast, about Lucille Ball telling him about her then-husband Desi Arnaz pulling a gun on Orson Welles and threatening to kill him if he didn't deliver a long-promised script (for The Fountain of Youth in 1956) remains particularly astonishing.

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