Veteran Hollywood producer and screenwriter Bruce Lansbury died in
La Quinta, California on February 13, 2017. He was 87. Born William Bruce M.
Lansbury on January 12, 1930 in London, England, he was the son of Irish-born
stage actress Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury, a politician and timber
merchant. His grandfather was George Lansbury, a former Labor Party leader in
England and a member of Parliament. His sister is actress Angela Lansbury and
he ha a twin brother Edgar. Bruce served as VP of creative affairs for
Paramount Television starting in the late 1960s, supervising such series as ‘The
Brady Bunch’, ‘Happy Days’, ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘Love, American Style’, and ‘Petrocelli’.
He joined CBS' ‘The Wild Wild West’ before its second season and assumed
control of the futuristic Western in the summer of 1966 when the show's
creator, Michael Garrison, died from injuries suffered in a fall in his home.
Lansbury went on to produce 69 episodes of Wild Wild West before it was
canceled in 1969 amid an outcry over violence on television. Bruce was a screenwriter
on six episodes of the 1990-1991 ‘Zorro’ TV series, filmed in Spain and
starring Duncan Regehr.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.