Bob Randall

Bob Randall, a prolific writer for stage and television whose successes included the Broadway play “6 Rms Riv Vu” and the TV series “Kate & Allie,” died Feb. 11 at his home in New Milford, Conn., of complications from AIDS. He was 57.

His 1972 hit comedy “6 Rms Riv Vu” starring Jane Alexander and Jerry Orbach played 200-plus performances at the Helen Hayes Theater and won a Drama Desk Award. CBS’ 1974 adaptation with Carol Burnett and Alan Alda was nominated for an Emmy.

Randall was head writer and co-producer of “Kate & Allie,” the CBS comedy series that ran from 1984-89, for which he also earned a Humanitas Award.

Randall won an 1994 Emmy and a Humanitas Award for penning the CBS telepic “David’s Mother.”

His other works included the 1973 musical “The Magic Show” and the 1975 novel “The Fan,” which won an Edgar Allen Poe mystery award and became a 1984 film starring Lauren Bacall.

Survivors include his companion of 15 years, Gary Pratt.

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