4 June 1929|
|Died||2 May 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, Writer|
Wolfe was born in London, England, and began writing and performing in comedy series in England in the 1950s. Together with Jimmy Wilson he wrote a revue, with music by John Pritchett and Norman Dannatt, for the Irving Theatre. He appeared alongside Ronnie Corbett, Hattie Jacques and Charles Hawtrey, before moving to Australia in 1959, where he made frequent television appearances and was host of the variety shows Review '61 and Review '62. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he lived at the southern end of Whale Beach, Sydney. At that time, his resident comedian was Dave Allen, who later became a household name in the UK and Australia.
He also taught screenwriting at USC in the MPW (Master of Professional Writing) program
In 1964, he moved to the United States, where his television credits included The Monkees, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Munsters, while his film roles included voice parts in The Jungle Book and Father Goose, in which he sang the main theme. His writing credits included Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (for which he won an 'Emmy' in 1968), and The Goldie Hawn Special. He also wrote for John Denver, Shirley MacLaine, Cher and Jackie Mason, among others. In 1976 he hosted two episodes of the Australian version of This Is Your Life.
Until 2004 Wolfe taught dramatic writing at the University of New Mexico, firstly as a visiting professor, and then was hired as the chair of the Robert Hartung Dramatic Writing Program in the Theatre and Dance Department. He was awarded 'Teacher of the Year' at that university in 2003.
He died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 3 May 2012, after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Mannion, and his sister, Hilary Hammond-Williams.
- 'Walking on Fire: The Shaping Force of Emotion in Writing Drama' by Digby Wolfe and Jim Linnell Published by Southern Illinois University Press.
- Digby Wolfe at the Internet Movie Database
- Wolfe on TV.com
- Wolfe on The Complete Index To World Film since 1895
- Wolfe on Television Heaven