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Richard Baer
Richard Baer
Position Writer
Biographical Information
Birthdate April 28, 1928
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date February 22, 2008 (age 79)
Death Place Santa Monica, California, United States
Series Affiliations Louise Glenn, second wife (1959-1991, her death)

Richard Baer was a writer on Bewitched. He wrote twenty-three episodes for the series (1965-1972).


Richard Baer was an Emmy-[nominated] writer who wrote for television shows including “Leave It to Beaver,” "Bewitched," “The Munsters,” “Barney Miller” and “M*A*S*H."

Born in New York, Baer graduated Yale and The University of Southern California. He began his television career on “The Life of Riley,” starting as an assistant and then writing several episodes. In 1958, he wrote the film “Life Begins at 17” for Columbia Pictures.

In 1960, he started working on the skein “Hennessey” starring Jackie Cooper, winning an Emmy nomination and writing thirty-eight episodes.

Over the next twenty-five years, he wrote for more than fifty-six shows, including “F Troop,” “Petticoat Junction” and “The Andy Griffith Show.” Baer wrote twenty-three episodes of "Bewitched" and ten for “That Girl.”

Baer also wrote the 1972 ABC television movie “Playmates” starring Alan Alda, as well as “I Take These Men” for CBS in 1983. He was active in the Writers Guild of America, and served on the negotiating committee during the 1988 strike.

In 1987, his romantic comedy play “Mixed Emotions,” about two widowed friends who in later life begin their own relationship, opened in Los Angeles and played on Broadway and in many other cities around the world.

Baer and his first wife, Jo, had one son - Joshua (born 1956). He married Bewitched guest star, Louise Glenn, on October 5, 1959. They had two children - Matthew (born 1964) and Judy (born 1969). They were married for thirty-one years until her passing on October 2, 1991.

Richard Baer died on February 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, California after suffering a heart attack in January. He was 79. Baer was survived by his wife Diane Asselin Baer, a producer; sons Josh and Matthew, a film producer; daughter Judy and three grandchildren.