Aaron Ruben, who produced the first five seasons of The Andy Griffith Show, passed away on January 30th at the age of 90. Ruben started his television career in 1953 writing for The Milton Berle Show and later Caesar’s Hour. From 1960 to 1965 he produced The Andy Griffith Show (he also wrote several episodes, directed a few and served as story consultant). Ruben created Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which spun-off the character of Gomer Pyle (played by Jim Nabors) into his own sitcom. The pilot episode aired as part of The Andy Griffith Show in May of 1964. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. premiered in September of 1964 and ran until 1969. Ruben produced Headmaster, which starred Andy Griffith, and later the first three seasons of Sanford & Son (writing more than a dozen episodes). He also wrote episodes of C.P.O. Sharkey and The Stockard Channing Show and served as creative consultant on Matlock during the early 1990s.