Norman Steinberg, a HOLLYWOOD legend, has died at the age of 83.
The writer, who worked on the film Blazing Saddles, died on March 15 in New York.
Steinberg also worked on the films Yes, Giorgio, and Johnny Dangerously in 1984.
It is unknown how Steinberg died, but tributes from the entertainment industry have poured in.
Mel Brooks said: “It’s a sad day when Norman Steinberg leaves us. From Blazing Saddles to My Favorite Year he was one of the best writers I ever worked with.
“I’m so glad I rescued him from a dull stable legal career, because he always permeated the writers’ room with his infectious comic spirit.”
Steinberg, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939, worked as a lawyer before becoming a writer.
The writer first met Brooks in 1960 and gave him a script for a program called Get Smart!, which was a James Bond spoof.
Brooks thought the script was funny, which prompted Steinberg to quit his job as a lawyer.
Their meeting came more than a decade before Blazing Saddles was released.
The film, which starred legendary actor Gene Wilder, received three Academy Award nominations.
It was also nominated for Best Screenplay at the British Academy Film Awards in 1975.
Steinberg also won an Emmy for his work on the NBC show The Flip Wilson Show in the 1970s.
He also created the CBS sitcom Doctor Doctor, which ran from 1989 to 1991.
Between 2001 and 2002, Steinberg worked as a producer on the American sitcom Raising Dad.
He also served as an executive producer on the show Cosby, which starred the disgraced actor Bill Cosby.