Kevin Curran, a veteran TV comedy writer-producer who won six Emmys as part of the staffs of The Simpsons and Late Night With David Letterman, died today at his Los Angeles home after a lengthy illness. He was 59. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean, who met Curran while they were at Harvard in the late 1970s, confirmed the news of Twitter:
Curran wrote nearly a dozen episodes of Fox’s The Simpsons and had been part of its producing team for the past 15 years, most recently as co-EP. He shared three Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program among 14 nominations spanning 2002-2016. Earlier in his career, he shared three consecutive writing Emmys for NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman, as the show began to dominate late-night TV and shake up the TV comedy world.
Jean said today in a statement: “Kevin Curran was a sweet, brilliant man who said many hilarious things, some unprintable, others which will live forever in a children’s cartoon.”
During his career, Curran also wrote for and held producer roles on the WB’s Unhappily Ever After (1997-99), NBC’s The Good Life (1994) and another early Fox comedy Married … With Children (1990-97). On the latter show, he also provided the voice for the wisecracking family dog Buck in dozens of episodes.