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Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Owen and Luke Wilson, dies at 76

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Robert A. "Bob" Wilson, the father of actors Owen, Luke and Andrew Wilson, poses for a photo at his office, in Dallas on April 30, 2004. Photo Credit: AP / Mei-Chun Jau

DALLAS — Robert A. Wilson, father of actors Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson, and a landmark public television station executive who introduced “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” to its first American audience, has died in Dallas. He was 76.

Luke Wilson told The Dallas Morning News that his father died Friday after years of fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

Bob Wilson was placed in charge of Dallas’ KERA in 1967. He hired Dallas Times Herald city editor Jim Lehrer, and they created a nightly news program called “Newsroom” with Lehrer as anchor.

Lehrer went on to anchor “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” for PBS.

In 1974, Bob Wilson decided KERA would be the first American station to air “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” — AP

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