Robert Brown Wright, longtime TV producer who worked with Carol Burnett in numerous TV series, specials and telefilms, was killed in a car accident June 26 in Utah. He was 73.
In 1957, Wright and friend Bob Banner founded the production company Bob Banner Associates. His first assignment was as associate producer of “The Garry Moore Show,” where he was to meet Carol Burnett and her husband, Joe Hamilton.
Wright continued to work with Burnett on a variety of specials including “Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin” in the early 1980s and on Burnett’s television series “Carol and Company.” In 1994 he reteamed with the performer for specs “Carol Burnett: The Special Years” and “Men, Movies and Carol.”
Wright, born in Tulsa, Okla., attended Northwestern U. and served in the U.S. Navy toward the end of WWII. He initially pursued an acting career and in 1951 landed in New York City, where he joined Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians as a singer.
Several years after his stint with “The Garry Moore Show,” he and his family relocated to L.A., where he was named associate producer of “The Carol Burnett Show,” which premiered on CBS in 1967. He remained with the show for its entire 11-season run.
Some of his producing credits included “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall,” “Here’s Peggy Fleming” and “Once Upon a Mattress.”
In 1995 he was introduced to actress Bonnie Hunt and shortly thereafter became her producer for two CBS sitcoms, “The Building” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show.” He retired shortly after producing her shows.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Katherine Green Wright; four children; two grandchildren; and a brother.
A public memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. today at the Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.