Robert Weiskopf, longtime co-writer of I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show, died February 21, 2001, at his home in Santa Monica, CA, of congestive heart-failure. He was 86.
Bob, who broke into show business by selling a couple of jokes to Bob Hope, spent the 1940s writing for such radio stars as Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, and (Bob's personal favorite) Fred Allen.
In the early 1950s, Weiskopf (like the rest of show business) turned his attention to television, and in 1953 joined forces with another comedy writer, Bob Schiller. Two years later, the twosome was hired by writer-producer Jess Oppenheimer to join Bob Carroll and Madelyn Pugh as writers of the most popular program on television -- I Love Lucy. Their association with the Redhead lasted 9 seasons.
After retiring from The Lucy Show in 1964, Weiskopf and Schiller wrote for such television classics as The Red Skelton Hour, The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Maude and All in the Family.
Weiskopf and Schiller were honored last July at the Loving Lucy 2000 convention. (See photo left, taken at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. Details of that event, and a biography of both Weiskopf and Schiller can be found in our story, "They've Blessed Us with Laughter.")
Our sincere condolences and good wishes to Bob's family and friends.
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