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Also Known As: Died: November 21, 1991
Born: March 22, 1931 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, press agent

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After a stint as a New York press agent and comedy writer for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl, moved to Los Angeles where he joined Universal Pictures as a writer of TV comedies such as the Emmy-winning "The Bob Newhart Show" (for which as head writer he was also nominated for an Emmy), "McHale's Navy" and "I Dream of Jeannie". Kaufman also contributed to episodes of "Combat" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" before writing his first screenplay for the AIP film "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" in 1965.Specializing in film comedies, Kaufman was nominated for an Oscar for the story for "Divorce American Style" (1967) and wrote screenplays for the college spoof "Getting Straight" (1970), the marital comedy "I Love My...Wife" (1970), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Harry and Walter Go to New York" (1976), the popular Dracula spoof "Love at First Bite" (1979), which he also executive produced, and "She's Out of Control" (1989). He died of a heart attack in 1991.

After a stint as a New York press agent and comedy writer for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl, moved to Los Angeles where he joined Universal Pictures as a writer of TV comedies such as the Emmy-winning "The Bob Newhart Show" (for which as head writer he was also nominated for an Emmy), "McHale's Navy" and "I Dream of Jeannie". Kaufman also contributed to episodes of "Combat" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" before writing his first screenplay for the AIP film "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" in 1965.

Specializing in film comedies, Kaufman was nominated for an Oscar for the story for "Divorce American Style" (1967) and wrote screenplays for the college spoof "Getting Straight" (1970), the marital comedy "I Love My...Wife" (1970), "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), "Harry and Walter Go to New York" (1976), the popular Dracula spoof "Love at First Bite" (1979), which he also executive produced, and "She's Out of Control" (1989). He died of a heart attack in 1991.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Love My Wife (1970) Devil
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Raised in Connecticut
1952:
Worked as a freelance press agent in New York for Dick Shawn and Mort Sahl
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Wrote comedy material for Dick Shawn, Red Buttons, Groucho Marx, Mort Sahl in New York
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Formed Bobka Productions and served as president and CEO
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Moved to Los Angeles; became a TV writer for Universal Pictures
1961:
Became head writer for the TV series, "The Bob Newhart Show"
1965:
First screenplay credit, "Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"
1967:
Wrote original story for "Divorce American Style"
1968:
Produced first TV series, "The Ugliest Girl in Town" (also writer)
1979:
Served as executive producer and screenwriter of "Love at First Bite"
1980:
Produced first feature, "How to Beat the High Cost of Living"
1989:
Executive produced, "She's Out of Control"
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York - 1952

Notes

In 1968 Kaufman served as a writer for Robert Kennedy's Presidential campaign in Los Angeles and in 1984 he was a writer for Gary Hart's Presidential campaign.

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wife:
Judith Pokempner. Divorced May, 1976.
wife:
Robin Christine Krause. Producer.

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father:
Leo Kaufman. Drug store owner. Opened New York's first all-night drugstore where Dutch Schultz, Meyer Lansky and Legs Diamond played cards.
mother:
Estelle Kaufman.
brother:
Paul Kaufman.
brother:
Burton Kaufman.
daughter:
Melissa Kaufman. Mother Judith Pokempner.
daughter:
Robin Kaufman. Mother Judith Pokempner.
son:
Richard Kaufman. Employee of Studio Tape & Film; mother Judith Pokempner.
son:
Christopher Kaufman. Actor, comedian. Mother Judith Pokempner.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Isolation Booth"
"Right People"
"Please Don't Talk to Me, I'm in Training"

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