Comedy writer Digby Wolfe, who worked with Ronnie Corbett, Hattie Jacques and Dave Allen, has died in the US following a short battle with cancer. He was 82.
Wolfe was born in London in 1929 and began writing and performing in comedy series in England in the 1950s. He moved to Australia in 1959, where he appeared as host of the variety shows Revue’61 and Revue ’62. He was a well-known face on Australian television in an era of Graham Kennedy, Bobby Limb, Bert Newton and Bob Dyer.
In 1964, he moved to the United States, where his television credits included The Monkees, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Munsters, and he won an Emmy for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
He also wrote for Goldie Hawn, John Denver, Shirley MacLaine, Cher and Jackie Mason, among others. In 1976 he hosted two episodes of This Is Your Life in Australia.
He wrote the story for the 2001 feature All the Queen’s Men starring Matt Le Blanc and Eddie Izzard.
In later years he taught writing at University of New Mexico.