John Frederick Bowman was born on Sept. 28, 1957, in Milwaukee. His father, William, was a lawyer, and his mom, Loretta (Murphy) Bowman, was a homemaker.
Whereas attending Harvard as an undergraduate, Mr. Bowman was an editor at The Harvard Lampoon. He graduated from Harvard Enterprise Faculty in 1985 and have become an govt at PepsiCo, primarily based in Buy, N.Y., earlier than deciding that what he actually needed to do was work in comedy.
On the time, his spouse was writing for “Saturday Evening Reside.”
“I advised Jim that my husband wasn’t glad at PepsiCo and he needed to do that,” Ms. Gaughan Bowman mentioned, referring to Jim Downey, the longtime “S.N.L.” head author.
It was a giant leap from a company job to the “S.N.L.” writers’ room, however Mr. Downey, a former president of The Lampoon, had mined the journal for writers and was acquainted with Mr. Bowman by way of his writing and thru mutual pals. He requested Mr. Bowman to submit sketches; he was employed a yr later.
“He had one of the best dry humorousness of virtually anybody I’ve ever labored with,” Mr. Downey mentioned by cellphone. In his solely season with the present, Mr. Bowman shared a 1989 Emmy Award with the remainder of the writing workers.
He went on to be the showrunner within the mid-Nineties for “Murphy Brown,” starring Candice Bergen.
Along with his spouse, Mr. Bowman is survived by his daughter, Courtney Bowman Brady; his sons, Nicholas, Alec, Jesse and John Jr.; a sister, Susan Bowman; and two brothers, William and James.