If you have never heard of Hugh Wilson, the talented writer, producer, and director, you have missed a lifetime of great comedy.
Hugh Wilson created WKRP in Cincinnati, the classic situation comedy (1978-1982) and was the head writer and executive producer. After that series ended he teamed up with "Venus Fly Trap" himself, Tim Reid, and co-created Frank's Place (1987), another situation comedy that was ahead of its time. It was remarkable for having an ensemble cast that was predominantly non-White. And if those two accomplishments weren't enough, he also directed Police Academy (1984), Burglar (1987), Guarding Tess (1994), First Wives Club (1996), Blast From the Past (1999), and Dudley Do-Right (1999).
Happy Birthday, Hugh Wilson!
|Wilson circa 1987 (note script for Frank's Place in his hands)|
|the participants in the Paley Center reunion:|
Jay Sandrich, Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Hugh Wilson,
Asaad Kesala, Jan Smithers, and Tim Reid