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Dusty Kay Dead: Entourage Producer was 69




Dusty Kay Dead: Entourage Producer was 69

Eugene L. Kay, also known as “Dusty,” a writer and Emmy-nominated producer whose credits include “Entourage,” “Roseanne” and “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” died April 10 in Summerlin, Nev., after a brief illness, his longtime collaborator and friend Bill Nuss announced. He was 69.

Kay was born in the Bronx, NY, and grew up in Yonkers and Spring Valley. His 45-year television career earned him several credits, including the 1987 ABC sitcom “Once a Hero,” which he created, starring Robert Forster, Milo O’Shea, Caitlin Clarke and Jeff Lester. It follows a comic book hero who crosses from a fictional world to fight crime in the real world, only to discover that he has lost all his superpowers.

Kay wrote and produced the TV movies “Triplecross,” starring Ted Wass and Markie Post, “Mick and Frankie,” starring Ed Marinaro, Robert Firth and Robert Forster, and Cutty Whitman, starring James Remar and Richard Libertini. More of Kay’s writing credits include “Good Times,” “James at 16,” “Eight is Enough,” “Early Edition” and the 2002 reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

He received an Emmy nomination for outstanding comedy series for his work on “Entourage” in 2008.

Kay also worked as an actor, appearing in “Hacks” (John Ritter, Richard Kind, Bob Odenkirk, Lisa Kudrow) and “Gun Shy” (Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Oliver Platt).

While attending Northwestern University, Kay adopted the name Dusty in honor of his favorite actor Dustin Hoffman. There he and Nuss developed the “Mee-Ow Show,” which ran for 50 years at Northwestern, which is now the longest-running improv show at the university.

“It served as an incubator for dozens of writers, directors, creators, showrunners and actors, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ana Gasteyer and Seth Meyers. He was celebrated at Northwestern last month for this achievement,” Nuss wrote in an email.

In 2017, the couple wrote the book for the musical ‘The Romantic People’.

Kay is survived by cousins ​​Ira and Laura Behr, Sheri Behr, Bernard and Felicia Rosen, and great-nephews, Roxanne Behr, Jesse Behr and Jenna Rosen.