Robert Klane (October 17, 1941 – August 29, 2023) was 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
Born(1941-10-17)October 17, 1941
Port Jefferson, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 29, 2023(2023-08-29) (aged 81)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationWriter, director, novelist
Notable worksWhere's Poppa?
Weekend at Bernie's
Linda Tesh
(m. 1962; div. 1975)

(m. 1976; div. 1983)

J.C. Scott
(m. 1984)

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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...

Death edit

Klane died from kidney failure in Woodland Hills, California, on August 29, 2023, at the age of 81.[4][5]

Bibliography edit

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

Partial filmography edit

References edit

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (June 25, 1978). "A Movie Fan's Road to Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2023.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 29, 1970). "Where's Poppa?". Retrieved September 4, 2023.
  3. ^ Fowler, Christopher (February 15, 2009). "Forgotten authors No 23: Robert Klane". The Independent. Retrieved September 4, 2023.
  4. ^ Zee, Michaela (September 4, 2023). "Robert Klane, 'Weekend at Bernie's' Screenwriter, Dies at 81". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2023.
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (September 4, 2023). "Robert Klane, 'Weekend at Bernie's' and 'Where's Poppa?' Screenwriter, Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 4, 2023.

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