David Lloyd
David Gibbs Lloyd

(1934-07-07)July 7, 1934
DiedNovember 10, 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 75)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, producer
SpouseArline Lloyd
Children5; including Christopher

David Gibbs Lloyd (July 7, 1934 – November 10, 2009) was an American screenwriter and producer for television.

He wrote for many sitcoms, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Wings. Lloyd wrote "Chuckles Bites the Dust", an October 1975 episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.[1]


Lloyd was married to Arline. The couple had five children, television writers Stephen and Christopher, as well as Julie, Amy, and Douglas.


He died on November 10, 2009, aged 75, from prostate cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, California.[2]

The November 18, 2009, episode of Modern Family (which was co-created by his son Christopher), "Great Expectations", on ABC ended with an "In Memory" screen dedicating the episode to David's life.



  1. ^ 1975–1976 Emmy Awards @ infoplease.com
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (November 13, 2009). "David Lloyd dies at 75; TV comedy writer wrote the classic 'Chuckles Bites the Dust' sitcom episode". Los Angeles Times.