Tuesday, February 9, 2010

RIP Eric W. Freiwald

Eric W. Freiwald, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 29, 2010, in Prescott, Ariz.

Eric was most famous for his 30 years as an Emmy award-winning writer on the daytime soap "The Young and the Restless."

He began his career in 1950 writing for many of the most well-loved television westerns. He has written more than 1,500 episodes for TV and one movie. His work also appeared in dozens of classic comic books for Gold Key and Disney in the 1960s.

Among his TV writing credits were episodes of "The Gene Autry Show," "Hopalong Cassidy," "Annie Oakley," "The Lone Ranger," "Maverick" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." He was also a head writer on the TV show "Lassie" for 13 seasons and wrote the feature film "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" in 1958.

Born in Detroit in 1927, he served in the Navy during WWII. Soon after the war ended, he began his lifelong career as a writer. Eric moved to Prescott in 1986 with his entire family to escape the pressures of Hollywood. He attended the movies almost every day and loved to spend time with his family. He remained young at heart throughout his life and made friends everywhere he went. Eric was the kind of father everyone hopes for, but few are lucky enough to have. He will live forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June; two daughters; one son; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Born: 9/24/1927, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 1/29/2010, Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A.

Eric W. Freiwald's westerns - screenwriter:
Raiders of Tomahawk Creek - 1950
The Range Rider (TV) - 1951
The Gene Autry Show (TV) - 1952, 1953, 1954
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) - 1953, 1954
Hopalong Cassidy (TV) - 1953, 1954
Annie Oakley (TV) - 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Buffalo Bill Jr. (TV) - 1955
The Adventures of Champion (TV) - 1955
Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV) - 1955
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) - 1955, 1958
Colt .45 (TV) - 1957
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold - 1958
Maverick (TV) - 1958
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) - 1959
Wichita Town (TV) - 1960

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