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Bob Weiskopf
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"I love Lucy" writer Bob Weiskopf, shown here in a photo during the series CBS network run, co-wrote many episodes for numerous his TV series along with Bob Schiller, which included "The Flip Wilson Show", "The Lucy Show", "The Carroll Burnett Show", and "All In The Family".
Vital information
Birthname: Robert Weiskopf
Born: (1914-03-13)March 13, 1914
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died February 20, 2001(2001-02-20) (aged 86)
Occupation/
Career:
TV series screenwriter/producer
Years active: 1942-1986
Family and Personal information
Spouse(s): Eileen Ito, 1940 - 2001 (his death, 2 sons)
Character/Show information
Appeared on/
involved with:
I Love Lucy/The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour
I Love Lucy Wiki Script

Bob Weiskopf (born March 13, 1914; – died February 20, 2001) was an American screenwriter and producer for television. He has credits for I Love Lucy which he and his writing partner Bob Schiller joined in the fifth season. They also wrote for The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Maude, All in the Family (for which he won a 1978 Emmy for co-writing the episode "Cousin Liz"), Archie Bunker's Place, The Red Skelton Show, the short-lived Pete and Gladys, and Sanford (the spin-off of Sanford and Son).

Life and careerEdit

Weiskopf first tried his hand at comedy writing at the suggestion of friends Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. Panama and Frank lured him to Hollywood in 1940, where he managed to sell some jokes to Bob Hope for his radio program. From there, Weiskopf moved on to The Eddie Cantor Show, then Rudy Vallee's Sealtest Program. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, he sent his new bride, the former Eileen Ito, east to avoid the internment camps, and moved in with fellow Rudy Vallee writer Jess Oppenheimer (who 13 years later would hire his former roommate to write for I Love Lucy).

Schiller and Weiskopf

Bob schiller (left) with longtime partner Weiskopf (right) in 2000.

    

Weiskopf and his wife Eileen were reunited a few months later when he moved to New York City, where he was hired to write radio comedy for the legendary comedian/actor Fred Allen. When Weiskopf received a draft notice ordering him to report on June 1, 1942, he requested atwo-weekdelay so that he could finish writing the last two Fred Allen shows of the season. The Draft Board summarily rejected his request, explaining, "Everybody knows Fred Allen writes his own material." [1]

Partnership with Bob SchillerEdit

Fortunately, upon his drafting into the U.S. Army Reserves, Weiskopf was soon stationed in New York City, and was able to keep writing for Allen—an assignment that would last for nine years, until the Weiskopfs relocated to the West Coast. After arriving in Los Angeles, The Weiskopfs were setting about to find a school for their son. The woman they had turned to for help in their search not only recommended a school, but added that her husband, Bob Schiller, was also a comedywriter—andthat he was looking for a partner. The two would collaborate for the first time in writing a single radio script for the Our Miss Brooks show, before delving into the new media of network television together, writing for such popular 1950's shows such as Make Room for Daddy, which stareed Danny Thomas, The Bob Cummings Show, I Love Lucy, the TV adapation of the popular radio series My Favorite Husband, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Ann Sothern Show which they co-created, and Pete and Gladys.

Further success would continue into the 1960's and 1970's with such series as The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Show, The Good Guys (where they were also co-producers), The Phyllis Diller Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Maude (which they also co-produced), All in the Family, and its spinoff series, Archie Bunker's Place. During their long collaboration, The writing team of Schiller and Weiskopf were honored with two Emmy Awards, a pair of Peabody Awards, a Golden Globe, and the Writers’ Guild of America's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement.[2]

Family and personal lifeEdit

Weiskopf married the former Eileen Ito, a Japanese-American coed whom he met while in college, in 1940. The couple had two sons, Kim and Walt, as well as two grandchildren.[3]

DeathEdit

Weiskopf died in Los Angeles on February 20, 2001; he was survived by his wife, sons Kim and Walt and their grandchildren. His son Kim Weiskopf, who followed his father into the world of television comedy writing, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 62 at his home in Encino, Californis.[4]

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