Theodore J. Flicker, a veteran TV writer and director who co-created the ABC sitcom Barney Miller, died Friday in his Santa Fe home. He was 84.
Barbara Flicker, Theodore’s wife of 48 years, told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband had suffered from hypersensitivity pneumonitis, known colloquially as “hot tub lung,” and she believes that his years of working with clay as a sculptor led to the afflliction. He had been treating the condition with steroids.
Barbara said that just three hours bwfire he died, she and Theodore had attended his art show together. “He looked wonderful, and he felt wonderful, and he just crashed,” she said.
She is heartened by the fact that so many people were affected by Theodore and his work and have reached out to her since his death. “People were really involved with Teddy,” she said, adding that he was “really interesting.”
Flicker was best known for his work as a TV writer and director. He and Danny Arnold co-created the cop sitcom Barney Miller, which ran for eight seasons, from 1975 to 1982. He also worked as a director on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and wrote for The Mod Squad.
In addition to his work in TV, he directed and co-scripted the 1964 film The Troublemaker, and his screenplay for the 1967 James Coburn film The President’s Analyst earned him a Writers Guild Award nomination.