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Robert Kaufman (March 22, 1931 – November 21, 1991) was an American screenwriter, film producer and television writer known for such films and series as Getting Straight, Love at First Bite, She's Out of Control, Divorce American Style, The Cool Ones, Freebie and the Bean, How to Beat the High Co$t of Living, The Monkees, and The Ugliest Girl in Town.[1][2][3]

Robert Kaufman
Born(1931-03-22)March 22, 1931
United States
DiedNovember 21, 1991(1991-11-21) (aged 60)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television writer, film producer
Spouse(s)Robin Krause


Born to a Jewish family on March 22, 1931, Kaufman attended Columbia University for three years before leaving to hitchhike across the US and Europe.[3] He then took a job as a publicist for Mort Sahl in New York City and later as a comedy writer for in the late 1950s including as a writer for Dick Shawn.[3] In 1961, he moved to Los Angeles where he focused on television scripts before landing his first film credit in 1965 for Ski Party.[3]

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Kaufman was raised in Westport, Connecticut and attended Staples High School. In a December 30, 1970 television appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, Kaufman revealed that when his family moved to the town in 1941 they were the first Jewish family to reside in Westport[4]. He was married three times. He had four children from his first marriage:[3] Melissa, Robin, Richard, and Christopher.[2] His third wife was Robin Krause.[2] He died in 1991; services were held at Hillside Memorial Park.[3]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ a b c The New York Times: "Robert Kaufman, 60, TV and Film Writer" November 26, 1991]
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Los Angeles Times: "Robert Kaufman; Comedy Writer for Movies and TV" by Myrna Oliver November 23, 1991
  4. ^ "ShoutFactoryTV : Watch The Dick Cavett Show Episode : Rock Icons: December 30, 1970 Little Richard". Retrieved April 8, 2019.

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