Fred Rubin graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 with a BFA in directing and playwriting. He spent the next three years in Chicago working full time as a social worker and part time as a columnist, stand-up comedian, and jingle writer. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and began working full-time in network TV.
Since 1977 he has served as a writer on fifteen network series and has been a producer of such shows as, “Different Strokes”, “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “Mama’s Family”, “Webster”, “Night Court”, “Family Matters”, “Step by Step”, and “Two of A Kind”. His career has included writing sixty episodes of prime time television, ten pilots, and two made-for-television movies. He recently consulted for the Viacom-Nickelodeon internet content team.
For 15 years, Fred taught classes in television writing and screen writing for the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Theatre, which is where I met Fred while I was in graduate school. He retired as a full time lecturer in 2015. He’s also been an instructor for the Warner Brothers Writer’s Workshop for thirty years.
Fred lives in California with his wife, Marley Sims, who is a longtime comedy writer and award-winning producer of “Home Improvement,” and also a recent guest right here on StoryBeat.
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