Associated Press
April 11, 2013 AT 04:01 PM EDT

A childhood friend of Woody Allen who co-wrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money and Run has died. Mickey Rose was 77.

His daughter, Jennifer, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died Sunday from cancer at his home in Beverly Hills.

Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn and became friends. They shared a love of playing jazz and baseball.

Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen.

Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers, All in the Family, and The Odd Couple.

In a statement, Allen says Rose was one of the funniest humans he’s known — and a “wonderful first baseman.”

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