Emmy Award-winning writer John
Markus began his career in high school supplying jokes about his
rural Ohio hometown to Broadway columnist Earl Wilson. After graduating
from Stanford University he moved to Los Angeles where he landed
a job writing a revival of the animated "Mighty Mouse."
Accepted into Paramount's apprentice program, he was a staff writer
on "Working Stiffs," a sitcom starring Michael Keaton
and Jim Belushi.
After an assignment on Paramount's
"Taxi", Markus joined the original wri ting staff of "The
Cosby Show." He became the series' supervising producer after
six episodes and was promoted to co-executive producer for the second
season. He remained as show runner with the acclaimed series until
1990. During his tenure, he wrote or co-wrote 67 episodes, earning
an Emmy, a Peabody and two Humanitas prizes.
He also co-created the Cosby spin-off "A Different World,"
which ran for six season on NBC.
Markus next co-created critically acclaimed "Lateline"
with Al Franken for Paramount Network Television and NBC.
He was consulting producer on "The Larry Sanders Show,"
co-writing the Emmy-nominated Ellen Degeneres episode, "Ellen:
Is She Or Isn't She?" His play "Sons of Liberty,"
a prototype for an NBC television series, was produced at the American
Place Theater and directed by Jerry Zaks.
Most recently, he created and
executive produced the half-hour comedy "Kristin", a Markusfarms
production in association with Paramount Network Television for
NBC-TV. Markus lives in New York City with his wife, Ardith, a painter.