Bruce Lansbury

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Bruce Lansbury
William Bruce Mageean Lansbury

(1930-01-12)12 January 1930
London, England
Died13 February 2017(2017-02-13) (aged 87)
Cause of deathAlzheimer's disease
CitizenshipBritish and American (since 1954)
OccupationTelevision producer and writer, screenwriter
Years active1953–1996; 2003
Known forFor producing:
The Wild Wild West,
Mission: Impossible,
Knight Rider,
Murder, She Wrote
Parent(s)Moyna Macgill
Edgar Lansbury Sr.
FamilyGeorge Lansbury (grandfather)
Angela Lansbury (sister)
Edgar Lansbury Jr. (brother)

William Bruce Mageean Lansbury (12 January 1930[1] – 13 February 2017) was an English-American television producer. His career lasted over 30 years, starting from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was known for producing many famous television shows such as The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, Knight Rider and Murder, She Wrote.

Early life[change | change source]

Lansbury was born in London. He was the grandson of former Labour Party leader George Lansbury. He was the younger brother of actress Angela Lansbury. He became a citizen of the United States in 1954.

Career[change | change source]

His career began in 1953, but became frequent in the 1960s. He retired officially in 1996, but returned to write a screenplay for a TV movie about Murder, She Wrote in 2003.

Lansbury served as producer of 69 episodes of The Wild Wild West, from 1966-69, and 38 episodes of Mission: Impossible, from 1969-1972. Lansbury served as producer of Wonder Woman, Knight Rider and executive producer for the science fiction series The Fantastic Journey.

His name appears in the closing credits of The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and The Odd Couple as "Vice President of Creative Affairs" for Paramount Television.[2]

Lansbury served as producer of 88 episodes of Murder, She Wrote, starring his sister, Angela. He was also a writer for 15 episodes of the show.

Death[change | change source]

Lansbury died on 13 February 2017 at his home in La Quinta, California from complications of Alzheimer's disease, aged 87.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Profile,, 13 December 2012
  2. Bruce Lansbury profile,; accessed 28 June 2016.
  3. Bruce Lansbury, TV Producer and Brother of Angela Lansbury, Dies at 87,; accessed 15 February 2016.

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