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Comedian, Emmy-winning writer Tom Davis dies: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Davis, who along with Al Franken formed the comedy duo "Franken and Davis" and went on to write for "Saturday Night Live" and win four Emmy Awards, died on Thursday at age 59, the New York Times reported.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Davis, who along with Al Franken formed the comedy duo "Franken and Davis" and went on to write for "Saturday Night Live" and win four Emmy Awards, died on Thursday at age 59, the New York Times reported.

Davis died of throat and neck cancer, his wife Mimi Raleigh told the newspaper.

He grew up in Minnesota where he met Franken, and the two formed a comedy duo when they were both teenagers.

He wrote for "Saturday Night Live" from 1975 to 2003, and famously shared a writing salary with Franken when he first joined the show.

One of the recurring sketches Davis helped create on the show was "Theodoric of York." It starred Steve Martin and was about a barber surgeon who relied on bloodletting to cure any ailment.

Davis also worked on SNL's popular "Conehead" sketches about a family of aliens living in the United States who famously consumed "mass quantities" of beer and cigarettes. Davis co-wrote the 1993 film adaptation along with Dan Aykroyd, who starred as the alien father "Beldar" in both the SNL skits and the film.

Aside from the three Emmy Awards he won for his writing work on "Saturday Night Live" and one for "The Paul Simon Special" in 1977, Davis was also nominated for another nine Emmy Awards.

Davis died at his home in Hudson, New York, according to the newspaper.

Franken, after a long career in show business, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 and represents Minnesota.

(Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Stacey Joyce)