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    (January 16, 1918-April 26, 1996)
    Born in Detroit, Michigan
    American producer & screenwriter
    Winner of an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'In the Heat of the Night'
    Education: BA from the University of Southern California
    Wrote scripts for the TV series The Mickey Mouse Club, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Naked City, Route 66, and Longstreet
    Wrote screenplays for the films Huk (1956), Maracaibo (1958), Village of the Damned (1960), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Charly (1968), Murphy's War (1971), The New Centurions (1972), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Killer Elite (1975), The Enforcer (1976), Telefon (1977), The Swarm (1978), Circle of Iron (1978) and The Grass Harp (1995)
    Wrote and produced the mini-series Pearl (1978), Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985) and Space (1985)
    Produced the movies The Joe Louis Story (1953), A Walk in the Spring (1970), and The Grass Harp (1995)
    Produced the TV movies Salem's Lot, Fly Away Home, and Welcome to Paradise
    Author of the John Locke adventure book Steel Tiger, The Bronze Bell, and The Silver Star
    Close friends with Bruce Lee
    He worked in publicity for Walt Disney and was later fired by him as a TV producer.
    Some of his stuff was absolute crap such as 'Over the Top' (In whom he shared screenwriting credits with Sylvester Stallone!) and the awful 'Shaft Goes to Africa.'
    He was married four times and divorced three times.
    In his seventies, he moved from California to Thailand and became a Buddhist.
    His 'meticulous' adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was never produced.
    He managed to get arrested in college for honking at his girlfriend.
    He never expanded into playwriting and seems to have done little as a comedy writer.
    He served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII.
    He wrote and/or produced over 700 hours of television.
    He once wrote an episode for Route 66 in two days.
    He won back to back Golden Globes for Best Screenplay (1967-68) for 'In the Heat of the Night' and 'Charly.'
    He was one of the most influential and prolific writers in the history of television.
    In one year, he wrote eleven episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and in another year wrote five episodes of the Mickey Mouse Club.

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