Screenwriter-producer Bob Comfort dies

Wrote 'Dogfight,' 'Good Luck'; exec produced 'Just Our Luck'

Bob Comfort, a writer and producer whose 40-year career in the entertainment industry included radio, television and films, died Jan. 8 of Lewy body dementia in Portland, Ore. He was 69.

Comfort penned the screenplays for "Dogfight," a 1991 film from Warner Bros. that starred River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, and "Good Luck," a 1996 comedy released by Xenon Pictures that starred Gregory Hines and Vince D'Onofrio.

In the early 1980s, Comfort and writing partner Rick Kellard worked at Lorimar and created and executive produced two half-hour series for ABC, "Just Our Luck" and "The Redd Foxx Show."

Earlier, the pair wrote for numerous variety shows and specials, among them "Alan King's Second Annual Final Warning," the "25th Anniversary of Disney" and Kenny Rogers' first major TV special. They also co-created two series, "The Cheap Show," a send-up of game shows, and "Wacko", an off-the-wall Saturday morning show for CBS.

After writing "Dogfight," which was inspired by his years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Comfort wrote screenplays developed with such producers and directors as Penny Marshall and Lauren Shuler Donner. Although it has not yet been produced, he wrote the American adaptation of the Italian film "Cinema Paradiso."

A native of Alberta, Comfort hosted a daily radio talk show in Edmonton. That experience inspired his original screenplay, "Jesus on Line Four." He had returned to work in Canada after emigrating to the U.S. at age 17.

Comfort is survived by his wife of 31 years, Bonnie Comfort; his son, John Comfort; and his brothers Dave and Doug Comfort and their families.