The two-time Emmy winner teamed with Bob Weiskopf in one of the great TV partnerships; they also worked on ‘All in the Family’ and many other shows.
Bob Schiller, the legendary sitcom writer known for work on such shows as I Love Lucy and All in the Family, died Tuesday. He was 98.
Schiller, who collaborated with his late writing partner, Bob Weiskopf, for nearly a half-century, died at his home in Pacific Palisades, his daughter, Sadie Novello, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Best known for being the first (and only) additions to the original writing team for I Love Lucy, Schiller and Weiskopf came up with some of that series’ most beloved episodes, including the one that guest-starred John Wayne and the one that featured Lucy (Lucille Ball) “grape stomping” in Italy.
They also wrote for such popular 1950s shows such as Make Room for Daddy, The Bob Cummings Show, My Favorite Husband, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Ann Sothern Show and Pete and Gladys.
Their partnership continued through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, writing and/or producing such shows as The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Show, The Good Guys, The Phyllis Diller Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, All in the Family, Maude and Archie Bunker’s Place.
The pair carpooled together to the office for most of their career and played off each other perfectly — in writing and in person. When Schiller was once asked about the success and longevity of their partnership, he responded, “That’s easy — we’ve never agreed on anything!” Weiskopf’s witty retort: “Yes, we have.”
Schiller won two Emmy Awards (shared with Weiskopf for their work on Flip and All in the Family), and they received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 1988.
Lifelong civil rights supporters, Schiller and Weiskopf also pushed for conversation around social issues and controversial topics such as race, gender, sexual assault and equal rights.
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