Robert Kaufman

Screenwriter, Producer, Press agent
After a stint as a New York press agent and comedy writer for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl, moved to Los Angeles where he joined Universal Pictures as a writer of TV comedies such as the Emmy-winning "The Bob Newhart Show" ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (19)

Separate Vacations 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing Personal 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Love My Wife 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Combat 1962 - 1967 (TV Show)

Writer

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

(From Story)

Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ski Party 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bob Newhart Show 1961 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Writer
Producer (7)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ugliest Girl in Town 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Producer

Here We Go Again (TV Show)

Producer

The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

("Poetry in Motion") (Song)

Biography

After a stint as a New York press agent and comedy writer for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl, moved to Los Angeles where he joined Universal Pictures as a writer of TV comedies such as the Emmy-winning "The Bob Newhart Show" (for which as head writer he was also nominated for an Emmy), "McHale's Navy" and "I Dream of Jeannie. " Kaufman also contributed to episodes of "Combat" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" before writing his first screenplay for the AIP film "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" in 1965.

Relationships

Estelle Kaufman

Mother

Burton Kaufman

Brother

Paul Kaufman

Brother

Leo Kaufman

Father
opened New York's first all-night drugstore where Dutch Schultz, Meyer Lansky and Legs Diamond played cards

Melissa Kaufman

Daughter
mother Judith Pokempner

Robin Kaufman

Daughter
mother Judith Pokempner

Christopher Kaufman

Son
mother Judith Pokempner

Richard Kaufman

Son
employee of Studio Tape & Film mother Judith Pokempner

Robin Krause

Wife

Judith Pokempner

Wife
divorced May, 1976

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1952

Milestones

1989

Executive produced, "She's Out of Control"

1980

Produced first feature, "How to Beat the High Cost of Living"

1979

Served as executive producer and screenwriter of "Love at First Bite"

1968

Produced first TV series, "The Ugliest Girl in Town" (also writer)

1967

Wrote original story for "Divorce American Style"

1965

First screenplay credit, "Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"

1961

Became head writer for the TV series, "The Bob Newhart Show"

1952

Worked as a freelance press agent in New York for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl

Raised in Connecticut

Moved to Los Angeles; became a TV writer for Universal Pictures

Formed Bobka Productions and served as president and CEO

Wrote comedy material for Dick Shawn, Red Buttons, Groucho Marx, Mort Sahl in New York

Bonus Trivia

.

In 1968 Kaufman served as a writer for Robert Kennedy's Presidential campaign in Los Angeles and in 1984 he was a writer for Gary Hart's Presidential campaign.

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