Jay Wolpert, who was the unique producer of The Price Is Right within the Seventies, created different recreation present and later scripted The Count of Monte Cristo and Disney’s first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, died Monday of Alzheimer’s in Los Angeles. He was 78.
Wolpert’s reps at Code Entertainment confirmed his dying in the present day. Watch a WGA West video interview with him beneath.
Wolpert received a Jeopardy! championship within the late Nineteen Sixties, an expertise that steered him towards a profession in TV recreation reveals. Working for Goodman-Todman Productions, he turned the primary producer of the Bob Barker-hosted Price Is Right, which premiered in 1972. He remained in that function till 1978.
In 1976, Wolpert created Double Dare, one other Goodman-Todson recreation present initially hosted by future Jeopardy! reply man Alex Trebek. It aired for about 5 months. Wolpert went on to launch Jay Wolpert Productions, for which he created the daytime recreation reveals Whew! (CBS, 1979-80), Hit Man (NBC, 1983) and Blackout (CBS, 1988). His 1987 pilot for a pilot based mostly on the Trivial Pursuit board was not picked up.
In 1990, Wolpert created and wrote for Into the Night with Rick Dees, an ABC late-night sequence fronted by the favored radio DJ and “Disco Duck” singer that lasted one season. Wolpert later penned episodes of TV’s Noel’s House Party and The Lazarus Man.
Wolpert would return to the sport present style as a producer of syndie The New Price Is Right (1994) and later served as govt producer of Wait ‘Til You Have Kids (1996-97), Shopping Spree (1996-98) and Match Game (1998).
Born on January 29, 1942, in NYC’s the Bronx, his profession took a brand new tack within the early 2000s, after an opportunity assembly with a lady he’d employed as an assistant early on for This Price Is Right.
Nancy Meyers had produced Private Benjamin, Baby Boom and the Father of the Bride movies and inspired Wolpert to jot down. He did, and his first screenplay was for 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.
That acquired Disney’s consideration, and Wolpert went on to pen the story for 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the movie that launched the billion-dollar franchise starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. He could be credited for the characters within the 4 sequels.
“I have a definition of what I do,” Wolpert advised the WGAW in 2008. “If you put a boat on the stormy ocean, you’ve got an action picture. You put somebody on that boat you give a damn about, you’ve got an adventure. I write adventure.”
Here is a clip from that interview: