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Nicholas Anthony "Tony" "Tony" Geiss
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1924
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 2011
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

GEISS--Nicholas Anthony (Tony), beloved writer, composer, and lyricist for generations of performers and characters from Groucho Marx to the Muppets, died January 21, 2011 of complications from a fall. He resided at 37 West 12th Street in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York at the time of his death.

Born in New York on November 16, 1924 and raised in the West Village, Tony was cherished by his colleagues, friends, and family for his warmth, playfulness, lively wit, sweetness, modesty, extraordinary sense of humor, and celebratory spirit. Those qualities also made him a national treasure.

Tony delighted and nurtured generations of viewers of Sesame Street, where he worked for nearly forty years, winning twenty-two Emmys for both script-writing and song-writing. He created the Muppet characters the Honkers and most recently Abby Cadabby and was a co-creator of Elmo's World, composing its theme song.

In addition to a long list of television-writing accomplishments and awards, Tony co-wrote three films with Judy Freudberg: "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird," "An American Tail," and the story for "The Land Before Time."

His adored wife of more than sixty years, the former Phyllis Eisen, died December 6, 2009. Devoted friend, adoring husband, Tony leaves behind a large loving extended family, the McKeon, Armando, Townsend, Schlesinger, Saperstein, Mason and Singer families, many close friends, colleagues, and admirers of all ages, who joyfully sang along with his songs without knowing their author, nourished by his creative brilliance. Tony -- we miss you and love you!!!

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street; family at 10:45 a.m., public at 11:45 a.m.
Published in The New York Times on January 24, 2011. 
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
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