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Biography for
David Angell

Birth name
David Lawrence Angell
Mini biography

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon graduation and served at the Pentagon until 1972. David then moved to Boston and worked as a methods analyst at an engineering company and later at an insurance firm in Rhode Island. David moved to Los Angeles in 1977. His first first script was sold to the producers of the "Annie Flynn" series. Five years before he sold his second script to "Archie Bunker's Place." David virtually worked in every temporary job known to mankind. In 1983, he joined "Cheers" as a staff writer. In 1985, David Angell joined forces with Peter Casey and David Lee as "Cheers" supervising producers/writers. Since then, the trio has received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won 24 Emmy Awards, including the above-mentioned for FRASIER, as well as an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for "Cheers," in 1989, which Angell, Casey, Lee and the series' other producers shared, and Outstanding Writing/Comedy Emmy for "Cheers," which Angell received in 1984. After working together as producers on the hit comedy series "Cheers" for NBC-TV, Angell, Casey and Lee formed "Grub Street Productions." In 1990, they created and executive produced the hit comedy series "Wings," which received critical and ratings success during its seven season run.

IMDb mini-biography by
Kelly Wiebe (senhue@mts.net)
Mini biography

A native of Rhode Island, Angell joined "Cheers" (1982) in 1983 as a staff writer; he'd been with Paramount Network Television ever since. Angell hooked up with 'Peter Casey' and David Lee in 1985 and the trio became supervising producers on the hit comedy. Angell, Casey and Lee then formed Grub Street Prods., which created "Wings" (1990), the NBC comedy that spent seven years on the network. After Cheers ended its run in 1993, the trio were tapped to create and executive produce "Frasier" (1993). Angell won a total of six Emmy Awards for his work on Frasier and Cheers. Arguably his most memorable writing feat was the memorable episode that found Lilith discovering Frasier in bed with Rebecca. This episode had a dose of French farce that subsequently became the foundation for the show Frasier. Grub Street disbanded in the late '90s, but Angell and Casey were developing new projects together. On September 11, 2001, David Angell and his wife Lynn were aboard one of the two planes under terrorist control that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, causing them to collapse.

IMDb mini-biography by
Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>
Lynn Edwards (14 August 1971 - 11 September 2001) (their death)


Before turning to writing for television, he worked as a methods analyst at an engineering company and then at an insurance firm in Rhode Island.

Served in the army and at the Pentagon in Washington DC - which was also attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001 - until 1972.

Angell and his wife were both killed when the plane that they were on, American Airlines flight #11 en route from Boston to Los Angeles, was hijacked and deliberately flown into the World Trade Tower in New York City. They were returning home to California after attending a family wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. [11 September 2001]

His brother is the Roman Catholic bishop for the archdiocese of Burlington, Vermont.

His father's name was Henry. In David's script for Archie Bunker, parts of the episode took place in a store called "Henry's" which was named after his father.

Entered the army upon graduation from Providence College and served at the Pentagon until 1972.

Angell wrote 10 episodes of "Cheers" (1982) and won an Emmy for an episode that first broadcast on November 17, 1983 titled "Old Flames."

Formed Grub Street Productions with partners Peter Casey and David Lee.

On TV's "Frasier," the show's featured radio station KACL 780 AM was concocted from the first letter from each of "Frasier's" producer's surnames: David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee.

In 1994, David Angell received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Providence College. He received a Bachelors degree in English from Providence College in 1969.

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