Sunday, September 13, 2009

RIP George Eckstein

Television Screenwriter, Producer George Eckstein died at his Brentwood, California home on September 12th. He wrote scripts for numerous popular television programs from the 1960's into the 2000's, most notably the series finale of "The Fugitive". The Los Angeles native was educated at Stanford University where he attained his bachelor's degree in theater arts and attended UCLA where he received a master's in theater arts. In addition, he earned a law degree from USC and served in the United States Army. He began his career in the entertainment industry when he produced the Broadway musical "Billy Barnes Revue" in 1959. During the 1960's, he started to amass writing credits for such small screen shows as "Dr. Kildare", "The Untouchables", "Felony Squad", "The Invaders" and "Jake and the Fatman". The final episode of "The Fugitive" which aired on August 29, 1967 became the most watched single television episode at that time. In addition, Eckstein produced episodes of "The Fugitive" as well as the programs "The Name of the Game", "Banacek" and "Love, Sidney". He produced the early Steven Spielberg film "Duel" (1971).

Born: 5/3/1928, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2009, Brentwood, California, U.S.A.

George Eckstein's westerns - screenwriter:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1964, 1965
The Outcasts (TV) - 1968

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