Robert Kaufman, comedy writer of hit movies such as "Love at First Bite" and television series such as the first "Bob Newhart Show," has died. He was 60.
Kaufman died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills after a heart attack.
He earned both the Emmy award and the Peabody award for writing Newhart's 1961 variety show and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for "Divorce, American Style," which he co-wrote with Norman Lear.
Kaufman specialized in comedy, and was much in demand for satirical television series like "Get Smart" and Newhart's show.
"The only thing harder than monogamy is writing comedy," the twice-divorced Kaufman told The Times in 1986.
When "Love at First Bite," his film about Dracula getting the girl, became a hit in 1979, Kaufman celebrated by buying a Rolls-Royce. He also produced the film, which starred George Hamilton and Susan St. James.
"All my films are about commitment," Kaufman said at the time. "Somehow. The moral was, love is better with a monster who'll make a commitment than with a nebbish who won't."