Robert Fisher (playwright)
Robert "Bob" Fisher
Robert H. Fisher
September 21, 1922
|Died||September 19, 2008 (aged 85)|
|Occupation||Playwright. TV and film screenwriter|
One of the most prolific of sitcom writers, Fisher began in television the 1950s by pairing up with a veteran radio writer twenty-five years his senior named Alan Lipscott. Lipscott and Fisher wrote the first episode of the CBS-TV sitcom series Make Room For Daddy (starring Danny Thomas) in 1953, and went on to craft teleplays for The Donna Reed Show, Bachelor Father (which starred John Forsythe), Bronco, How to Marry a Millionaire, and others. Following Lipscott's death in 1961, Fisher then began writing with Arthur Marx, and that partnership (which lasted for over twenty-five years) produced episodes of McHale's Navy, My Three Sons, The Mothers-in-Law, the short lived ABC-TV series The Paul Lynde Show, and NBC-TV's Life With Lucy in 1986. He and Marx were also story editors and frequent writers on CBS-TV's Alice from 1977–1981.
Fisher also wrote occasionally with Arthur Alsberg (on I Dream of Jeannie and Mona McCluskey) and had three plays produced on Broadway: the hit The Impossible Years (with Marx), Minnie’s Boys (with Marx), and Happiness Is Just a Little Thing Called a Rolls Royce (with Alsberg), which closed after one performance.
Fisher is also the author of the book "The Knight in Rusty Armor". A beautiful tale of man's journey to discover himself through a series of comic and tragic transformations.
Works as screenwriter
His many works as a television writer included:
|1986||Life with Lucy (TV series)||Writer||3 episodes|
|1982||There Was a Little Girl||Writer||Feature film|
|1977-1981||Alice (TV series)||Writer (Story)||40 episodes|
|1975||Good Times||Story/Teleplay||1 episode ("The Dinner Party")|
|Maude||Writer||1 episode ("Walter's Ethics")|
|The Jeffersons||Writer||1 episode ("Jefferson vs. Jefferson")|
|1972-1973||The Paul Lynde Show||Writer||9 episodes|
|1972||All in the Family||Writer||1 episode ("The Locket")|
|1969||The Good Guys||Writer||1 episode ("The Eyes Have It")|
|1968-1969||The Mothers-In-Law (TV series)||Writer||4 episodes|
|1965||I Dream of Jeannie||Writer||3 episodes|
|1963-1971||My Three Sons||Writer||2 episodes|
|1961||Leave It to Beaver||Story||1 episode ("Teacher's Daughter")|
|1959-1962||Bachelor Father||Writer/Teleplay||30 episodes|
|1958-1959||The Donna Reed Show||Writer/Teleplay||5 episodes total|
|1958||How to Marry a Millionaire||Writer||2 episodes|
|1953-1963||Make Room For Daddy||Writer/Teleplay||Involved with 18 total episodes|
Fisher also produced television episodes for:
- McHale’s Navy
- My Three Sons
- The Mothers-in-Law
- The Paul Lynde Show
- Life With Lucy
His plays included:
- Happiness Is Just a Little Thing Called a Rolls Royce (1968)
- The Impossible Years (1968)
- Minnie's Boys (1970)
- Groucho: A Life in Revue (1987)
In his last few years he was said to lead a "a peripatetic lifestyle".
- "Obituaries: Bob Fisher; Roland Wolpert; Juarez Roberts". The Classic TV history blog. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- Evanier, Mark. "In Passing…". News from me. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- "Bob Fisher (I) (–2008)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- "ROBERT FISHER (c1930 - 2008)". The Playwrights Database. Retrieved 5 September 2015.