Acted as the co-producer of The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1972 and the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1986.
He grew up in Ennis, Texas. He played the organ at his Presbyterian Church and played music in his high school band.
He became one of the prime players of variety programming during the Golden Age of Television, producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.
He was living with his wife Alice in Calabasas, California, when he died. He had three sons named Baird, Robert III, and Chuck.
He produced specials for such singers as Perry Como and Andy Williams.