Robert King (writer)

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Robert King
Robert King and Michelle King at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Robert and Michelle King at the 2015 PaleyFest presentation for The Good Wife
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Alma materWestmont College
OccupationWriter, producer
(m. 1987)

Robert King (born 1959) is an American film and television writer and producer. He is married to Michelle King, who is also his writing partner. The couple created the comedy-drama BrainDead (2016); the legal drama series The Good Wife (2009–16), which earned them a Writers Guild of America Award; its spin-off The Good Fight (2017-), and Evil (2019-).

Early life and education[edit]

King attended Archbishop Mitty High School and Westmont College. He is Roman Catholic.[1][failed verification] King is of Irish and Italian descent.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Robert met Michelle in 1983 when as a senior at UCLA she worked part-time at FrontRunners athletic shoe store. The couple married in 1987. They have one daughter, Sophia.[3]


King began his career writing the television movie, Imaginary Friends, in 1982, which starred veteran actors Peter Ustinov and Lilli Palmer, was directed by Michael Darlow. King later wrote the science fiction horror film The Nest (1988), and co-wrote Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge, Under the Boardwalk and Bloodfist (all 1989).[4]

King continued to write feature films throughout the 1990s, including Full Contact, Dragon Fire, Clean Slate, Speechless, Cutthroat Island and Red Corner. He directed the comedy film Principal Takes a Holiday in 1998. He co-wrote and directed Angels in the Infield (2000). He co-wrote and produced Vertical Limit. Robert and Michelle King co-created and co-produced the short-lived drama series In Justice in 2006.[4]

They co-created a second, far more successful, legal drama series, The Good Wife, which ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2016 on CBS.[5] Aside from the pilot episode, they co-wrote the episodes "Stripped",[6] "Unorthodox",[7] "Hi",[8] and twelve other episodes. King and the writing staff were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series for The Good Wife.[9]

Robert and Michelle King also created and produced the comedy thriller drama series BrainDead, which aired on CBS on June 13, 2016 thru October 17, 2016 before it was cancelled.[10] The couple then returned to their The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight as showrunners.

Awards and nominations[edit]

King has been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series for The Good Wife.[9]


  1. ^ "'The Good Wife' and the CRC". The Banner. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
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  3. ^ Lynch, Jason (March 9, 2014). "The Great Marriage Behind 'The Good Wife'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Profile,; accessed May 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Charles McDougall (director), Michelle and Robert King (writers) (September 22, 2009). "Pilot". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 1. CBS.
  6. ^ Charles McDougall (director), Michelle and Robert King (writers) (September 29, 2009). "Stripped". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 2. CBS.
  7. ^ John Polson (director), Michelle and Robert King (writers) (November 10, 2009). "Unorthodox". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 7. CBS.
  8. ^ John Gallagher (director), Michelle and Robert King, and Barry Schkolnick (writers) (February 9, 2010). "Hi". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 14. CBS.
  9. ^ a b Gregg Mitchell, Sherry Goldman (2010). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original (Press Release) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 18, 2016). "BrainDead, American Gothic Not Returning for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved February 18, 2017.

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