Max Shulman, a novelist, screenwriter and playwright best known for creating the love-seeking 1950s teenager Dobie Gillis, died in Los Angeles Sunday. He was 69.

Shulman was perhaps best known for creating the character Gillis, who became the basis for the motion picture "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis" and the popular TV series "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," which ran on CBS from 1959-1962.

On Friday, Milton Sperling, whose 50-year career as a screenwriter and producer included an Oscar nomination for "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell," died in Beverly Hills, Calif. following a long illness. He was 76.