Night Court; Reinhold Weege (inset)
Reinhold Weege, who created Night Court and was a writer/producer for Barney Miller, died Dec. 1 of natural causes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 63.
Born in Chicago, Weege left Illinois to pursue a Hollywood career in 1976 after he was fired from his job as a suburban newspaper reporter, according to THR. He was eventually hired as a staff writer for Barney Miller, and left the show in 1984 to create Night Court.
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Night Court ran from 1984 to 1992. Weege, who was known as "Reiny" on set, retired from the show after six seasons, having received several Emmy and Writers Guild Association award nominations.
In addition to his work on Barney Miller and Night Court, Weege wrote for M*A*S*H, Semi-Tough and the Barney Miller spin-off Fish. He also created the short-lived series Park Place in 1981.
Weege is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter and his ex-wife, Shelly Pierce.