Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RIP Bruce Lansbury

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.

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