Alan Kirschenbaum, a successful writer of television sitcoms but also a friend of harness racing, breeding, owning and training scores of horses over the years, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Two of his most successful horses were Little Steven and Sugar Glider, who was trained by George Berkner, who Alan once worked for during his days as a horseman.
He also worked as a commentator on several Breeders Crown telecasts and reported on major races for The Horseman And Fair World magazine before moving to California to pursue a career as a comedy writer. Kirschenbaum co-created two comedy series for CBS, Yes, Dear and the upcoming Friend Me, as well as the 2007 pilot Fugly. He also worked on the CBS comedies Everybody Loves Raymond, Center Of The Universe and Accidentally On Purpose, as well as Coach and Dear John.
He was also an active advocate for harness racing as a board member of the California Harness Horsemen's Association.
He is survived by wife Vicki, daughter Molly, sister Judi, mother Ethel and his father, comedian Freddie Roman.
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