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Bill Richmond dead: Jerry Lewis, Carol Burnett writer dies at 94

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Tom Keller

Bill Richmond, the film and TV writer who penned seven movies with Jerry Lewis and won three Emmys for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, died June 4 at his home in Calabasas, California. He was 94.

The Writers Guild of America, West announced the news Friday.

A former jazz and big band drummer, Richmond first worked with Lewis as a backup musician for his stage routine. He would go on to become Lewis’ co-writer on such film comedies as The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man, The Big Mouth, and Cracking Up. Richmond also made several cameos in their movies and wrote for The Jerry Lewis Show.

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In addition to that program and Carol Burnett, Richmond’s television credits included All in the Family, Three’s Company, Welcome Back Kotter, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Tim Conway Show.

Born in Kentucky and raised in Rockford, Illinois, he served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II before getting into show business.

Richmond is survived by his wife, Saria Kraft; four children; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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