Creator of the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful comedy Arrested Development that was bailed out by Netflix.
He ran a chocolate-chip cookie shop called the Chipyard with his father and older brother.
He co-created The Ellen Show and also worked on The Golden Girls and The John Larroquette Show, as well as many other sitcoms.
He married actress Mary Jo Keenen. The couple had two daughters.
His show made a big comeback in 2013. It was announced that film star and cast member Michael Cera would join Arrested Development Season 4 on Netflix not just as an actor, but also as a writer.