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Bob Weiskopf
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Bob Weiskopf, along with Bob Schiller, co-wrote many episodes for such popular TV series as "All In The Family, "The Carol Burnett Show" and "I Love Lucy".
Personal Information
Birth name: Robert Weiskopf
Born: (1914-03-14)March 14, 1914
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 20, 2001(2001-02-20) (aged 86)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Occupation/
Career:
Television screenwriter / Producer
Years active: 1942–1986
Family Information
Related to: producer/director Kim Weiskopf
Spouse(s): Eileen Ito

(1940–2001; his death) (2 children)

Series connection
Series involved with: Maude
All in the Family
Archie Bunker's Place
Role
with series:
Executive script supervisor, script consulant/editor, Writer
Episodes involved with: AITF: 46 as scrpit consultant, 17 as writer
Maude: 25 as story/script editor, 11 as writer, 1 as producer
ABP: 24 as executive script supervisor, 8 as writer
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Bob Weiskopf (born March 14, 1914 - died February 20, 2001) is an American screenwriter, most notably for his longtime creative partnership with fellow producer/screenwriter Bob Schiller, and their collaborative writing and producing of episodes for numerous television series, which include, most notably, two popular CBS-TV series, I Love Lucy (1955–1957), All in the Family (1977–1979) and Archie Bunker's Place. For AITF, with Schiller, he received an Emmy Award in 1978 as one of the writers of the Season 8 episode "Cousin Liz" (#3).

Career

Schiller, born in Chicago, Illinois, began writing for television in 1950, when he wrote an episode for The Colgate Comedy Hour. Weiskopf started his prolific career writing jokes in 1940 and later wrote for likes of Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee,[1] Fred Allen, Danny Thomas, Red Skelton, Phyllis Diller and Carol Burnett.

Creative partnership with Bob Schiller

The creative partnership and friendship with Bob Schiller began in 1953, when Weiskopf, who was also a comedywriter--had just relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, and his wife began searching for a school for their youngest son Kim, to attend; Schiller's first wife had recommended a school for Kim to his Weiskopf's wife, and also told her and that Schiller 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]

Personal and family life

His son Kim Weiskopf was also a television writer.

Death

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, California.[3][1]

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