LOS ANGELES -- Mickey Rose, a childhood friend of Woody Allen who co-wrote his movies "Bananas" and "Take the Money and Run," has died at age 77.

His daughter, Jennifer, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1551DRw ) 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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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com