Bill Richmond, Writer for Carol Burnett and Jerry Lewis, Dies at 94

Bill Richmond Obit
Courtesy: Tom Keller

Three-time Emmy winner and screenwriter Bill Richmond, who teamed with Carol Burnett and Jerry Lewis, died on June 4 at home in Calabasas. He was 94.

Richmond was nominated for five primetime Emmys for writing on “The Carol Burnett Show.” He shared three wins for outstanding writing in a comedy/variety or music series in 1974, 1975, and 1978. He also received a WGA award for the comedy/variety series in 1975.

Richmond was also the co-writer with Jerry Lewis for movie comedies “The Nutty Professor,” “The Ladies Man,” and “The Big Mouth” and four others. He also made several cameo appearances in Lewis’ films, such as portraying Stan Laurel in “The Bellboy” and the piano player in “The Patsy.”

Over his long career Richmond wrote episodes of “Blossom,” “All in the Family,” “Three’s Company,” “Welcome Back, Kotter” and many other shows. He was head writer on “The Tim Conway Show.”

A native of Kentucky, the writer was raised in Illinois. Following military service as a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II, Richmond moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a jazz musician, where he became a studio session musician.

Richmond is survived by his wife, Saria Kraft, four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mobile Village Kitchen.

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  1. Lisapalmergarrison says:

    I believe I met this famous man when I was age six…about 1961…with my father who spoke briefly with him in a large study like room….with sailboat masts visualized it the windows…At the time we lived in Carlsbad, not sure of the location..but I was about eight feet from my father and he…( who was sitting behind a small desk)…and my father said to me, ” He knows Jerry Lewis”….and Mr Richmond just looked at me without a comment….I am so sorry for his family. They should be so proud of such a unique man.

  2. Lenora and Louise says:

    Thank you Bill for your talents. Much appreciated in your work. Condolences to your family,
    friends, and fans. Thank you VARIETY for this coverage.
    Keep makin’ ’em laugh Bill. Keep makin’ ’em laugh.

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