'Andy Griffith' producer Aaron Ruben dies

Other credits include 'Sanford and Son,' 'Gomer Pyle'

Aaron Ruben, who produced such TV hits as "The Andy Griffith Show," "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." and "Sanford and Son," died Jan. 30 at his Beverly Hills home from complications of pneumonia. He was 95.

Ruben began his career after the World War II as a comedy writer for radio shows featuring Milton Berle, Fred Allen and other stars. In the 1950s, he moved into television, writing for comedy shows and directing.

He wrote for and produced "The Andy Griffith Show" for five seasons and was executive producer of the Gomer Pyle spinoff.

Ruben also wrote for and was the initial producer of the 1970s hit "Sanford and Son."