Richard Eustis Dead: Writer and Creator of ‘Head of the Class,’ was 86

Richard Eustis, an Emmy-award profitable screenwriter and co-creator of 1986 ABC sitcom “Head of the Class,” died Oct. 30 on the age of 86 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Eustis served as one-half of the writing group Eustis and Elias, together with author and director Michael Elias, who collectively created the highschool sitcom, which ran for 5 seasons from 1986 to 1991. The present adopted a gaggle of gifted highschool college students within the Individualized Honors Program at a fictional Manhattan highschool known as Millard Fillmore, together with their historical past instructor Charlie Moore, who was portrayed by Howard Hesseman. The actor left the present earlier than its fifth season and was changed by Billy Connolly, who performed a instructor named Billy MacGregor. Connolly’s efforts netted him a spin-off present in 1992 for the community known as “Billy,” which Eustis and Elias co-created and which ran for 13 episodes.

The unique present obtained the revival remedy in 2021 by means of HBO Max, developed by Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen. The reboot collection ran for one ten-episode season on the streamer, releasing your entire season all of sudden on Nov. 4, earlier than HBO introduced in December final 12 months that it will not be shifting ahead with a second season.

Elsewhere, Eustis wrote episodes of reveals resembling “Scrubs,” “Tall Hopes,” “Eye to Eye” and others. He obtained his begin in tv writing on selection reveals for musicians Dean Martin and John Denver earlier than ultimately pairing up with artistic companion Elias. Eustis received a Primetime Emmy Award for Excellent Selection, Music or Comedy Particular for “An Night with John Denver” in 1975.

Eustis was born on November 21, 1935 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rising up, he was touted as a soccer star and beforehand labored as a journalist earlier than shifting to Los Angeles to begin his profession in tv.

Eustis is survived by his spouse, Tiana, sons John and Ronald, daughter Madeleine, son-in-law Marcel Samek, grandson Julian Eustis Samek and granddaughters Colette Eustis Samek and Linh Eustis. His daughter-in-law, Oanh Ly, can also be a tv author and producer. He’s preceded in loss of life by his eldest daughter Sandy Eustis, who was a script supervisor.