Bob Schiller, whose comedy writing career spanned over 60 years, passed away on October 10, 2017 - only weeks shy of his 99th birthday. Best known for his work as a writer on I Love Lucy, All in the Family, and Maude – Bob was a pioneer in sitcom television writing, and was half of the legendary writing duo, "Schiller and Weiskopf." Born to Roland and Lucille Schiller in San Francisco in 1918, the early life of Bob, and his younger sister Marilyn, was split between his birth city of San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1928, the Great Depression necessitated the family's permanent relocation to Los Angeles, where Schiller attended John Burroughs Jr.

High and Los Angeles High School. Schiller was a member of Tau Delta Phi and found his first real taste of writing with his humor column in the Daily Bruin titled" Bob Tales." Drafted to the army in 1940, Schiller attended Officer Training School in Fort Bragg, N.C. before being deployed overseas to Europe. Schiller's writing skills were again tasked during the war, where he wrote a column for the Stars and Stripes publication.

He also produced comedy variety shows for the troops, providing levity during one of the darkest times in U.S. history. When reflecting on the war, he was always solemn about the loss of many friends, but equally aware how lucky he was noting that, "the worst weapon I had to use was a 'pie to the face." After the war, Schiller took a job with Rogers & Cowan whose client included a dentist for whom he wrote the billboard, "Visit your neighborhood friendly dentist. Come in before they come out." Schiller's writing career evolved into radio, writing for such well known shows as, Abbott and Costello, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Mel Blanc Show, Sweeney and March, The Jimmy Durante Show, and December Bride.

He was also on the writing staff of the famous radio show, "Duffy's Tavern" in 1946. In 1947, Schiller married Joyce Harris, mother of his two sons Tom and Jim, and settled into a home right down the street from his college alma mater in Westwood, CA. The two remained married for 16 years during his career trajectory.

When Harris passed away, Schiller took on the role of working single father to Tom and Jim – moving out to Malibu and raising the boys on his own. In 1953, Schiller met and paired up with his writing partner of 45 years, Bob Weiskopf. Weiskopf, also a successful comedy writer, had just relocated to Los Angeles from New York City and was connected to Schiller.

The two writers first collaborated on a radio script for the Our Miss Brooks show before delving into the new medium of network television. Schiller and Weiskopf's career together spanned decades and their numerous writing credits were incredible. Best known for being the first (and only) additions to the original writing team for I Love Lucy, many of the episodes they wrote were some of the most beloved (including John Wayne's Footprints and the "grape stomping" episode).

In addition to I Love Lucy, Schiller and Weiskopf wrote for 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, 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, Maude, All in the Family and its spinoff series, Archie Bunker's Place. A lifelong civil rights supporter, Schiller & Weiskopf made people laugh through their work, but also pushed for conversation around social issues and controversial topics such as race, gender, sexual assault, and equal rights.

Schiller and Weiskopf were a wonderful team. They not only worked long hours together, but also carpooled together to the office for most of their career. They were nominated and won multiple awards – including Emmys, Golden Globes, Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize, and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Writer's Guild of America.

Schiller and Weiskopf played off each other perfectly - in writing and in person. Like when Schiller was asked about the success and longevity of his partnership with Weiskopf, Schiller responded, "that's easy -- we've never agreed on anything!" Weiskopf's witty retort: "Yes, we have." In 1964, he met the love of his life, Sabrina Scharf, at the beach in Malibu. Married in 1968, they settled into their home in Pacific Palisades where they remained for the rest of his life.

Their two daughters, Abbie and Sadie, were born in the seventies when Bob was well into his fifties, but he never hesitated in being an involved and loving father. Sabrina and Bob remained madly in love throughout their marriage, with the two celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary a few months before his death. Schiller was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

He was a member of PLATO society for many years, loved going on long walks with friends, and had a standing golf game twice a week at Riviera Country Club for as long as he could play. His group at Riviera was an important one for him – being made up of new friends, as well as friends dating back to his career, L.A. High, and U.C.L.A. years.

Schiller retired soon after the Writer's Strike in 1988, at which time he took on more of the day to day parenting responsibilities to give Sabrina an opportunity to continue her career ambitions. Schiller was as proud about driving his daughters to school or across country to college, writing their school's Cabaret show, and even serving as sideline ref for soccer games (until the age of 78!), as he was any of his career achievements. Schiller always kept his family front of mind – and was as pleased to display his kids' sports trophies or other achievements on the same shelf with every one of his writing awards.

In recent years Schiller's health declined, but he never lost his wit. Every question was met with a clever retort and he lived by the adage that in order to find humor you must see the situation differently, or "think crooked." He would often say that "words were his inventory" and his response to the constant question of "How are you?" as he got older was, "perfect, but improving." Predeceased by his parents and his younger sister, Marilyn, Of Blessed Memory; Schiller was fortunate to get to live multiple lives in one lifetime - leaving many behind who loved him. He is survived by his wife Sabrina, and his four children and their families: Tom and Jacque Schiller; Jim and Jackie Schiller; Abbie, Marc, Ona and Charlie Gordonson; Sadie, Johnnie, Lucy, Archie, and Amelie Novello; sister-in-law Shirley Trentman; and his caregiver of the past 6 years Marva Chie.

In honor of Bob Schiller's lifelong support of civil rights, as well as his experience being a writer during the Hollywood Blacklist, in lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to the ACLU in Schiller's name.

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