Robert A. Wilson, Father of Actor Brothers Luke, Owen and Andrew, Dies at 76

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Owen Wilson (left) with his dad, Robert A. Wilson

The patriarch of the Wilson family worked as a public television station executive and helped bring 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' to American audiences.

Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson, and a landmark public television station executive who introduced Monty Python's Flying Circus to their first American audience, has died. He was 76.

Wilson died Friday after years of fighting Alzheimer's disease, Luke Wilson told The Dallas Morning News.

Bob Wilson was placed in charge of Dallas public television station KERA in 1967. He hired Dallas Times Herald city editor Jim Lehrer, put him in charge of the station's public affairs programming and created a nightly news program called Newsroom with Lehrer as anchor. Lehrer went on to anchor The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer for PBS.

In 1974, Wilson decided that KERA would be the first American station to air Monty Python's Flying Circus.