In Memoriam

‘Carol Burnett Show' Writer, Director Roger Beatty Dies at 87

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Roger Beatty, who won five Emmys for his work as a writer on "The Carol Burnett Show," died last week at his Palm Desert home at the age of 87, his family announced Saturday.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Eagle Rock, Beatty served three years in the U.S. Coast Guard before jumping into show business.

He got his start in television in 1956 on the "Bing Crosby Show" and went on to work on other CBS programs, including "The Red Skelton Show" and "The Danny Kaye Show," before landing on "The Carol Burnett Show" as associate director in 1968 with his childhood friend and Director Dave Powers.

Beatty wrote for the popular show through its last season in 1978.

After the Burnett show ended, Beatty directed some ``Mama's Family'' episodes with Harvey Korman, along with various TV specials and Tim Conway "Dorf" comedy films.

In 1976, he was recognized by the Director's Guild with an Achievement Award for his work on "Beverly Sills and Carol Burnett at the Met."

He also co-wrote the movie ``The Billion Dollar Hobo'' with Tim Conway in 1977. His last project was directing Conway and Korman in "Together Again," a live performance of sketch comedies, in more than 500 shows across the country.

Beatty is survived by his older brother Darryl, soulmate Georgette, three daughters, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, grandson-in-law, two great granddaughters and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Because of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, a celebration of Beatty's life will be held later, his family said.

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