Legendary writer Digby Wolfe dies
MICHAEL IDATO May 04, 2012
The legendary writer Digby Wolfe has died after a short battle with cancer.
Wolfe was a major fixture in the Australian entertainment scene in the 1950s and 1960s, living in Whale Beach in Sydney.
He was born in Britain in 1929 and, before coming to Australia, worked with comedy legends Ronnie Corbett, Hattie Jacques and Charles Hawtrey.
During his time in Australia, he hosted the variety shows Review '61 and Review '62 and worked with Irish comedian Dave Allen during his frequent Australian tours.
In the 1960s, he moved from Australia to Los Angeles and worked as an actor, appearing in television series including The Monkees, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Munsters.
He was one of the original writers on the iconic American sketch comedy series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
He also collaborated with John Denver, Shirley MacLaine, Cher and Jackie Mason.
Wolfe remained close to Goldie Hawn and MacLaine until his death.
During the 1970s, he returned to Australia and hosted two special editions of This Is Your Life, profiling the actor Leonard Teale and style icon Maggie Tabberer.
He also hosted the first revamped AFI Awards in 1976.
He died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday night, Sydney time, after a short battle with cancer.
He had spent the last decade working as a lecturer, and later a professor, in dramatic writing at The University of New Mexico.
He was with his family when he died. He is survived by a sister.
Born: 6/4/1929, London, England, U.K.
Died: 5/2/2012, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Digby Wolfe’s western – screenwriter:
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1967