Robert Klane, the writer-director finest recognized for penning Weekend at Bernie’s and National Lampoon’s European Vacation, died Aug. 29 of kidney failure in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 81.
Besides the 1989 film that starred Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, Klane additionally wrote for Tracey Takes On …,The Odd Couple: Together Again, The Man With One Red Shoe and Unfaithfully Yours. He additionally labored within the writers rooms for M*A*S*H* and The Michele Lee Show.
“Klane’s satirical and daring writing pushed the boundaries of fine style, whereas depicting the unfairness of life via themes of intercourse, household, insanity and loss of life,” Klane’s son, Jon, stated in a statement.
Born in Long Island, Klane earned his English diploma on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He penned two novels —The Horse is Dead and Where’s Poppa? — the latter of which was tailored by Klane right into a function movie directed by Carl Reiner.
His third novel was additionally tailored right into a function movie, Fire Sale, starring Alan Arkin.
Klane made his directorial debut with Thank God (*81*)’s Friday in 1978.
Klane is survived by his spouse J.C. Scott, his brother Larry, his sons David and Jon, his daughter Caitlin and 5 grandchildren.