Vale: Stephen J. Cannell
Prolific writer / creator Stephen J. Cannell, who wrote more than 300 TV scripts, died on Thursday. He was 69.
Prolific writer / creator Stephen J. Cannell died on Thursday of melanoma at his home in Pasadena. He was 69.
His credits are so numerous that it is nearly impossible to tabulate all his work, which ranged from writing episodes of Ironside in 1970 to a producer credit on this year’s feature The A-Team, based on the 1980s series he co-created and executive produced.
He wrote or co-wrote more than 300 TV scripts and produced or executive-produced more than 520 episodes.
Cannell was nominated for six Emmys and won once, best drama series for The Rockford Files .
Among the more than 40 series he created or helped create are The Rockford Files, Baa Baa Black Sheep (aka Black Sheep Squadron), Baretta, The Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, Hunter and The Commish.
In 1986, Cannell had four shows on the air: A-Team, Hardcastle, Riptide and Hunter.
His writing credits include multiple episodes of shows ranging from such 1970s dramas as Adam-12, Rockford, Black Sheep and Baretta through the ’80s and ’90s series American Hero, A-Team, Stingray and Wiseguy, Jump Street, Cobra, Commish, Renegade and Silk Stalkings.
Cannell is survived by his wife Marcia and three children.
Source: Hollywood Reporter