Robert Klane

Robert Klane (born 1941) is an American screenwriter, novelist and filmmaker, best known for early iconoclastic novels and for his screenplays for dark comedies such as Where's Poppa? (1970) and Weekend at Bernie's (1989).

Robert Klane
OccupationFilm/television writer, director, novelist


A 1963 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,[1] Klane first rose to prominence with his debut novel, the acerbic comedy The Horse is Dead (1968). His second novel, Where's Poppa? (1970), was adapted by Klane into a feature film directed by Carl Reiner and starring George Segal.[2] For his screenplay, Klane received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination. His third novel was also adapted into a feature film, Fire Sale (1977), starring Alan Arkin.[3]

Klane went on to write screenplays for various films such as The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), and Weekend at Bernie's. He also directed several films including Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Weekend at Bernie's II (1993). Additionally, he wrote for several television shows including M*A*S*H and Tracey Takes On....


  • The Horse is Dead (1968)
  • Where's Poppa? (1970)
  • Fire Sale (1975)

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  1. ^ "A Movie Fan's Road to Hollywood". New York Times. June 25, 1978. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (1970-12-29). "Where's Poppa?". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  3. ^ Fowler, Christopher (2009-02-15). "Forgotten authors No 23: Robert Klane". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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