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Stephen J. Cannell (1941–2010)


Stephen J. Cannell was raised in Pasadena, California. His father ran an interior design firm. From an early age, Stephen suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia, which made it nearly impossible from him to do well in school, he either flunked or was held back many times. Even though one of the courses he had trouble with was English, he wrote in one ... See full bio »

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 2014 22 Jump Street (television series "21 Jump Street")
 2012 21 Jump Street (television series)
 2010 The A-Team (television series "The A-Team")
 2009 The Greatest American Hero: The Fan Series (Short) (based on characters created for the screen by)
 2006 The Tooth Fairy (Video) (teleplay)
 2005 It Waits (teleplay)
 2003 Hunter: Back in Force (TV Movie) (story)
 2002 Hunter: Return to Justice (TV Movie) (story)
 2002 Dead Above Ground (written by)
  Silk Stalkings (TV Series) (171 episodes, 1991 - 1999) (written by - 4 episodes, 1991 - 1997) (writer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Noir: Part 2 (1999) ... (creator)
- Noir: Part 1 (1999) ... (creator)
- Dream Weavers (1999) ... (creator)
- A Clockwork Florida Orange (1999) ... (creator)
- Where and When (1999) ... (creator)
 1997 Hawaii Five-O (TV Movie)
  Renegade (TV Series) (53 episodes, 1992 - 1997) (written by - 5 episodes, 1992 - 1995) (writer - 2 episodes, 1993)
- Blood Hunt (1997) ... (creator)
- Sex, Lies and Activewear (1997) ... (creator)
- Knock Out (1997) ... (creator)
- SWM Seeks Vctm (1997) ... (creator)
- Top Ten with a Bullet (1997) ... (creator)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (TV Movie) (created by)
 1996 Wiseguy (TV Movie) (characters)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (TV Movie) (created by) / (written by)
  The Commish (TV Series) (88 episodes, 1991 - 1996) (written by - 3 episodes, 1991) (story - 1 episode, 1991) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1991)
- Redemption (1996) ... (creator)
- Father Image: Part 2 (1995) ... (creator)
- Father Image: Part 1 (1995) ... (creator)
- In the Shadows of the Gallows (1995) ... (creator)
- Off Broadway: Part 2 (1995) ... (creator)
 1995 Marker (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Snowballs in Hawaii (1995) ... (written by)
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
  Cobra (TV Series) (19 episodes, 1993 - 1994) (written by - 2 episodes, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- Aces and Eights (1994) ... (creator)
- Precious (1994) ... (creator)
- Lorinda (1994) ... (creator)
- Haunted Lives (1994) ... (creator)
- A Few Dead Men (1994) ... (creator)
 1994 Traps (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The 24/24 Hour Rule (1994) ... (written by)
  The Hat Squad (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1992 - 1993) (written by - 2 episodes, 1992)
- Frankie Stein (1993) ... (creator)
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous (1993) ... (creator)
- Family Business (1992) ... (creator) / (written by)
- 92 Seconds to Midnight (1992) ... (creator)
- Pilot (1992) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1991 Scene of the Crime (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode)
- Wild About Harry (1991) ... (created by)
  Broken Badges (TV Series) (5 episodes, 1990 - 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1990)
- Can I Get a Witness? (1991) ... (creator)
- Meet Your Matchmaker (1991) ... (creator)
- Chucky (1990) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Westside Stories (1990) ... (creator)
- Pilot (1990) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1987-1991 21 Jump Street (TV Series) (102 episodes)
- Second Chances (1991) ... (creator)
- Homegirls (1991) ... (creator)
- Bad Day at Blackburn (1991) ... (creator)
- Wasted (1991) ... (creator)
- Crossfire (1991) ... (creator)
 1991 The Great Pretender (TV Movie) (written by)
  Disney Presents The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode, 1991) (written by - 1 episode, 1991)
- Pilot (1991) ... (created by) / (written by)
  Palace Guard (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1991) (writer - 2 episodes, 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1991)
- Memories (1991) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Iced (1991) ... (creator) / (writer)
- The White Angel (1991) ... (creator)
- House Arrest (1991) ... (creator)
- Eye of Newt (1991) ... (creator)
  Booker (TV Series) (19 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (written by - 2 episodes, 1989) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1989) (created by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Father's Day (1990) ... (creator)
- Mobile Home (1990) ... (creator)
- Crazy (1990) ... (creator)
- Molly and Eddie (1990) ... (creator)
- Wedding Bell Blues (1990) ... (creator)
  Wiseguy (TV Series) (68 episodes, 1987 - 1990) (writer - 4 episodes, 1987 - 1990) (story - 1 episode, 1990) (written by - 1 episode, 1987)
- Point of No Return (1990) ... (creator)
- Dead Right (1990) ... (creator)
- Changing Houses (1990) ... (creator)
- La Mina (1990) ... (creator)
  Unsub (TV Series) (developer - 7 episodes, 1989) (developed by - 1 episode, 1989) (written by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Burn Out (1989) ... (developer)
- And They Swam Right Over the Dam (1989) ... (developer)
- Daddy Dearest (1989) ... (developer)
 1987 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
  Stingray (TV Series) (18 episodes, 1986 - 1987) (written by - 3 episodes, 1986 - 1987) (writer - 2 episodes, 1987)
- One Way Ticket to the End of the Line (1987) ... (creator)
- Caper (1987) ... (creator)
- Anytime, Anywhere (1987) ... (creator)
- Blood Money (1987) ... (creator)
- Cry Wolf (1987) ... (creator) / (written by)
  The A-Team (TV Series) (81 episodes, 1983 - 1987) (written by - 15 episodes, 1983 - 1986) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1983)
- Without Reservations (1987) ... (creator)
- The Grey Team (1986) ... (creator)
- The Spy Who Mugged Me (1986) ... (creator)
- The Crystal Skull (1986) ... (creator)
- Point of No Return (1986) ... (creator)
  Riptide (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1984 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1984 - 1985)
- Smiles We Left Behind (1986) ... (creator)
- The Bargain Department (1985) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Thirty-Six Hours 'til Dawn (1985) ... (creator)
- Be True to Your School (1984) ... (written by)
- Beat the Box (1984) ... (written by)
 1986 The Last Precinct (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1986) ... (creator) / (written by)
  The Greatest American Hero (TV Series) (21 episodes, 1981 - 1986) (written by - 14 episodes, 1981 - 1983) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1982)
- The Greatest American Heroine (1986) ... (creator)
- Vanity, Says the Preacher (1983) ... (creator)
- Desperado (1983) ... (written by)
- Live at Eleven (1983) ... (creator)
  Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series) (9 episodes, 1983 - 1985) (written by - 8 episodes, 1983 - 1985) (created by - 1 episode, 1983)
- Games People Play (1985) ... (creator)
- The Career Breaker (1985) ... (written by)
- The Birthday Present (1985) ... (written by)
- The Long Ago Girl (1985) ... (written by)
- One of the Girls from Accounting (1984) ... (written by)
 1985 Stingray (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1985 Brothers-in-Law (TV Movie)
 1984 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Catfight (1984) ... (written by)
 1984 Hunter (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Hot Grounder (1984) ... (writer)
- Hard Contract (1984) ... (writer)
 1983 The Rousters (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Rousters (1983) ... (creator) / (writer)
 1983 The Rousters (TV Movie) (creator)
 1982 The Quest (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Escape from a Velvet Box (1982) ... (writer)
  Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series) (1 episode, 1980) (written by - 9 episodes, 1980)
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street (1980) ... (creator)
- Untitled (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- This One's Gonna Kill Ya (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Loose Larry's List of Losers (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Savage Says, 'The Most Dangerous Bird Is the Jailbird' (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1980 Nightside (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1980 Stone (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- What Do You People Want from Me? (1980) ... (writer)
- Just a Little Blow Between Friends (1980) ... (writer)
- Case Number HM-89428, Homicide (1980) ... (writer)
  The Rockford Files (TV Series) (84 episodes, 1974 - 1980) (writer - 13 episodes, 1976 - 1979) (teleplay - 13 episodes, 1974 - 1978) (written by - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (story - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1978)
- Deadlock in Parma (1980) ... (creator)
- Just a Coupla Guys (1979) ... (creator)
- The Big Cheese (1979) ... (creator)
- No-Fault Affair (1979) ... (creator)
- The Hawaiian Headache (1979) ... (creator) / (writer)
 1979 Stone (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
 1979 The Chinese Typewriter (TV Movie)
 1979 The Duke (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Nothing 'Cept Noise (1979) ... (written by)
 1979 The Night Rider (TV Movie)
 1978 The Jordan Chance (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
  Baretta (TV Series) (81 episodes, 1975 - 1978) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Bundle (1978) ... (creator)
- The Snake Chaser (1978) ... (creator)
- The Dream (1978) ... (creator)
- Barney (1978) ... (creator)
- The Gadjo (1978) ... (creator)
 1978 The Gypsy Warriors (written by)
  Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series) (25 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (written by - 7 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (writer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (created for television by - 2 episodes, 1977) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976) (television story - 1 episode, 1976)
- A Little Bit of England (1978) ... (creator)
- Sheep in the Limelight (1978) ... (creator)
- The Show Must Go On... Sometimes (1978) ... (creator)
- Hotshot (1978) ... (creator)
- The Iceman (1978) ... (creator)
 1978 Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
 1978 Dr. Scorpion (TV Movie)
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
 1976 Scott Free (TV Movie)
  City of Angels (TV Series) (9 episodes, 1976) (story - 4 episodes, 1976) (writer - 3 episodes, 1976) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976)
- Match Point (1976) ... (creator)
- The Bloodshot Eye (1976) ... (creator)
- Say Goodbye to Yesterday (1976) ... (creator)
- The Castle of Dreams (1976) ... (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)
- A Sudden Silence (1976) ... (creator)
 1975 Switch (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Death by Resurrection (1975) ... (teleplay)
  Toma (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1973 - 1974) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- The Contract on Alex Cordeen (1974) ... (teleplay)
- Frame-Up (1973) ... (writer)
- The Cain Connection (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Crime Without Victim (1973) ... (teleplay)
- The Oberon Contract (1973) ... (teleplay)
 1973 Columbo (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Double Exposure (1973) ... (written by)
 1973 Chase (TV Series) (creator) / (writer)
 1973 Chase (TV Movie)
 1971-1973 Adam-12 (TV Series) (written by - 15 episodes)
- Killing Ground (1973) ... (written by)
- Clear with a Civilian: Part 2 (1973) ... (written by)
- Clear with a Civilian: Part 1 (1973) ... (written by)
- The Surprise (1972) ... (written by)
- Badge Heavy (1972) ... (written by)
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
  Ironside (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1971) (story - 1 episode, 1970) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1970)
- The Riddle in Room Six (1971) ... (written by - as Stephen Cannell)
- This Could Blow Your Mind (1970) ... (story - as Stephen Cannell) / (teleplay - as Stephen Cannell)
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Alternate Names:

Stephen Cannell | Steven J. Cannell | Steve Cannell

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Because I was a private company, I always looked long-term. And our meetings at the Cannell company had a theme... It wasn't about doing what was in our best interest, it was about doing what was right. We were one of the first companies to hire an 'assistant location manager' onto our productions with sole purpose of making sure the locations we rented were never 'burnt'. The job description in ... See more »

Trivia:

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Finch; his two daughters, Tawnia Cannell and Chelsea Cannell; a son, Cody Cannell; and three grandchildren. See more »

Trademark:

Action/Adventure shows featuring likable, but flawed, protagonists

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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