|Born||July 24, 1932|
After a three-year, nine-month, twenty-seven-day stint in the U.S. Air Force, Bobrick attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with a degree in Journalism. He began his career writing for the popular children's show Captain Kangaroo. He also wrote for such shows as The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Flintstones, Get Smart, The Kraft Music Hall, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He created the short-lived syndicated TV series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which was resurrected by NBC as the long-running hit show Saved By The Bell. He has won three Writers Guild of America Awards for his television work and was nominated for an Emmy. He has also written several movies and later quit writing for film and television in 1990.
Bobrick has written more than 30 plays to date. His first play, Norman, Is That You?, which he co-wrote with Ron Clark, opened on Broadway in the early 1970s. While a flop on Broadway, its West Coast premiere at the Ebony Showcase Theater in Los Angeles ran for seven years (1971-1978). The play also ran for five years in Paris (Pauvre France) and has played in over thirty countries around the world. Bobrick and Clark collaborated on three more Broadway plays, No Hard Feelings, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, and Wally's Cafe.
Bobrick's solo works include the plays, Remember Me?, Getting Sara Married, Last Chance Romance, Hamlet II (Better Than The Original), New York Water, Passengers and The Crazy Time. He has also written a number of mystery plays, among them Flemming, An American Thriller, The Spider Or The Fly, Death In England and A Little Bit Wicked. In 2011, his mystery play The Psychic won the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Edgar Award.
With his wife Julie Stein, he has written two plays, Lenny's Back, about comedian Lenny Bruce which was nominated for a Los Angeles Ovation Award and The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon & Mrs. Levine, an adaption of their book Sheldon & Mrs. Levine, which is performed worldwide.
Bobrick co-wrote the song The Girl of My Best Friend with Beverly Ross which was recorded by Elvis Presley and many other recording artists throughout the years, including Bryan Ferry. Another song, It Will Never Be Over For Me was recorded by the iconic Los Lobos. He also wrote two satirical albums for MAD magazine, Mad Twists Rock n Roll and Fink Along With Mad. His most recent music endeavor is a CD entitled "Totally Twisted Country" that he co-wrote with his son Joey Bobrick for the band The Cow Pies.
Bobrick is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, as well as the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America. He has directed many of his plays in regional theatres in the U.S. and Canada.
- Barnes, Clive (February 20, 1970). "The Theater: Premiere of 'Norman, Is That You?'; Homosexual Comedy Is Staged by Abbott Cast Headed by Jacobi and Miss Stapleton". The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
- Loynd, Ray (12 Jun 1991). "'Norman, Is That You?' Revives Ebony Showcase". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. p. F8. Retrieved 11 Sep 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
Though it quickly expired on Broadway, it ran seven years at the Ebony (1971-1978), where it became the most popular production in a theater founded by Nick and Edna Stewart in 1949.