Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP Irving Elman

A prolific writer for Broadway, movies, and television, Irving Elman died on November 22nd. He passed away in La Jolla, California, of cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 96. He wrote 17 plays and musicals for Broadway and Off-Broadway during his career. He became a television writer in the early days of live television, writing more than 2,000 teleplays for shows like Studio One, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Eleventh Hour. With his wife Tex (who died in 2006), Elman was also head writer of daytime soaps Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. The couple are credited with creating Luke (of Luke and Laura) and for helping to reinvigorate the struggling series. Elman also produced five television series; The Eleventh Hour, Ben Casey, High Chaparral, Slattery’s People, and Matt Lincoln. He is survived by two sons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

ELMAN, Irving
Born: 6/28/1915, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2011, La Jolla, California, U.S.A.

Irving Elman’s westerns - producer, screenwriter:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 [screenwriter]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960 [screenwriter]
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967-1968 [producer]

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