1. Silvers and Ruben go over the fine detail of the next ​Bilko show
    Silvers and Ruben go over the fine detail of the next ​Bilko show
After Nat Hiken left,  Aaron Ruben was the man entrusted with the staging of ​​The Phil Silvers Show.

Born March 1, 1914. A native of Chicago, Aaron began his comedy writing career in radio after serving in the Army during World War II, Aaron helped write radio shows for Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Allen, Henry Morgan and Milton Berle.

In the early 1950s he moved onto TV. He was a writer on specials for Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn and Eddie Cantor. He also wrote for The Milton Berle Show and Caesar's Hour.

From 1960 to 1965, he produced and also wrote and directed some of the episodes of the CBS smash hit, The Andy Griffith Show.

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C with Aaron as executive producer, broadcast on CBS from 1964 to 1970 was the No. 2 top-rated programme in the ratings for the 1965-66 season.

Teaming up with Carl Reiner, Aaron co-wrote and co-produced The Comic a 1969 movie directed by Carl about the rise and fall of a silent film comedian starring Dick Van Dyke.

In the 1970s, Aaron was the initial producer of Sanford and Son (the US version of Steptoe and Son) the hit 1972-77 series starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson for which Aaron wrote many early episodes.

Among his other credits as a producer or executive producer are: The Headmaster, C.P.O. Sharkey, Teachers Only, Too Close for Comfort and The Stockard Channing Show.

  1. Aaron, centre with Don Knotts and Andy Griffith.​​​
    Aaron, centre with Don Knotts and Andy Griffith.​​​
For several decades, Aaron Ruben, devoted much of his later life to being a court-appointed advocate for abused and abandoned children and doing hospice work. His involvement with children's causes reportedly began in the late 1970s when he and his wife, actress Maureen Arthur, dropped off Christmas presents for children at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Passing out the gifts inspired the Aaron to put on skits for the children on weekends. After eight years of weekly visits to hospitals and children's shelters, Aaron became a court-appointed special advocate representing abused and abandoned children in Juvenile Court. He also volunteered for the Hospice Program at ​​Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

In 1999, Aaron was named volunteer of the year by the Los Angeles Child Advocate's Office and established the Aaron Ruben Scholarship Fund.

Aaron Ruben attributed his longevity to his work with children.

"I have this fantasy," he told Daily Variety in 2003, "that once a year St. Peter appears before God and they go over the list of people that they're ready to take and my name comes up. God says, 'Is he still doing that work with the kids? Ah, let him stick around a little longer.' "

Aaron was divorced from his first wife, Sandy, with whom he had two sons, Andy and Tom. 

Aaron Ruben died February 2010 aged 95. He is survived by his wife Maureen; his sons; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.