John Guedel

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John Guedel
Born(1913-10-09)October 9, 1913
DiedDecember 14, 2001(2001-12-14) (aged 88)
OccupationRadio and television producer
Known forYou Bet Your Life
People Are Funny
House Party
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Spouse(s)Beth Pingree
Helen Parrish
Valerie McDonald
ChildrenJohn K. Guedel
Heidi Garafalo

John Guedel, (October 9, 1913 in Portland, Indiana – December 14, 2001 in Los Angeles, California) was a radio and television producer who co-created and produced Art Linkletter's and Groucho Marx's most important and successful broadcast properties, including You Bet Your Life and People Are Funny.[1] He also created The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and is sometimes credited with the first singing radio commercial in 1937,[1] he was a producer for The Charlotte Greenwood Show on radio.[2]

Earlier in his career, he wrote for Hal Roach Studios, including work on the Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang series.[1] In the 1946 film "People Are Funny," Guedel was portrayed by actor Phillip Reed.

In 1957-1959 he was married to actress Helen Parrish.


  1. ^ a b c Douglas, Martin (2001-12-24). "John Guedel, 88, Producer Who Shaped Early Television". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  2. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 150.

Further reading[edit]

  • Guedel, Heidi (2003). Animatrix – a Female Animator: How Laughter Saved My Life. iUniverse. ISBN 978-0595287307.

External links[edit]

John Guedel on IMDb