Bob Schiller, veteran ‘I Love Lucy’ writer, dies at 98

NEW YORK — Bob Schiller, a comedy writer whose credits reach back to TV’s infancy, including ‘‘I Love Lucy,’’ and later, ‘‘Maude,’’ ‘’All in the Family’’ and ‘‘The Carol Burnett Show,’’ died Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif., his daughter, Sadie Novello, said. He was 98.

He began writing for television in 1950, and three years later formed a partnership with Bob Weiskopf, with whom he collaborated for nearly a half-century. Among their hundreds of TV scripts was the classic ‘‘I Love Lucy’’ episode that found Lucy Ricardo stomping grapes.

The team also wrote for such 1950s sitcoms as ‘‘The Bob Cummings Show,’’ “December Bride,’’ “The Jimmy Durante Show,’’ and ‘‘The Ann Sothern Show.’’


Their partnership continued through the 1960s and ‘70s with such shows as Lucille Ball’s follow-up comedy ‘‘The Lucy Show.’’ which they co-created, Flip Wilson’s variety show ‘‘Flip,’’ and ‘‘Archie Bunker’s Place.’’ He shared writing Emmys with Weiskopf for ‘‘All in the Family’’ and ‘‘Flip.’’

A Los Angeles native, Mr. Schiller had also written scripts for such classic radio series as “Abbott and Costello’’ and ‘‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.’’