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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) (created by - 176 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) (created by - 110 episodes, 1992 - 1997) (written by - 7 episodes, 1992 - 1995)
- The Bad Seed (1997) ... (creator)
- The Maltese Indian (1997) ... (creator)
- Born Under a Bad Sign (1997) ... (creator)
- Bounty Hunter of the Year (1997) ... (creator)
- Blood Hunt (1997) ... (creator)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (TV Movie) (creator)
 1996 Wiseguy (TV Movie) (characters)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (TV Movie) (creator)
 1996 If the Frame Fits... (TV Movie) (creator)
  The Commish (TV Series) (created by - 92 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 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (TV Movie) (creator)
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
  Cobra (TV Series) (created by - 22 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) (created by - 13 episodes, 1992 - 1993) (written by - 2 episodes, 1992)
- The 12th Victim (1993) ... (creator)
- Frankie Stein (1993) ... (creator)
- The Liquidator (1993) ... (creator)
- Dead Man Walking (1993) ... (creator)
- A Dog's Life (1993) ... (creator)
 1991 Scene of the Crime (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode)
- Wild About Harry (1991) ... (creator)
  Broken Badges (TV Series) (created by - 7 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) (created by - 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) ... (creator) / (written by)
  Palace Guard (TV Series) (created by - 7 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) (created by - 22 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (written by - 2 episodes, 1989) (teleplay - 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) (created by - 73 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) ... (creator)
- And They Swam Right Over the Dam (1989) ... (creator)
- Daddy Dearest (1989) ... (creator)
 1987-1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series) (created by - 16 episodes)
- The Rise and Fall of Joe Piermont (1988) ... (creator)
- Rag Doll (1988) ... (creator)
- Permanent Hiatus (1988) ... (creator)
- A Song from the Sequel (1988) ... (creator)
- Cactus Jack's Last Call (1988) ... (creator)
  Stingray (TV Series) (created by - 23 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) (created by - 97 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) (created by - 56 episodes, 1984 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1984 - 1985)
- Echoes (1986) ... (creator)
- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em (1986) ... (creator)
- Chapel of Glass (1986) ... (creator)
- Dead Men Don't Floss (1986) ... (creator)
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... (creator)
  The Last Precinct (TV Series) (created by - 8 episodes, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Three Ring Circus (1986) ... (creator)
- Toehold (1986) ... (creator)
- Ghost of a Chance (1986) ... (creator)
- Never Cross a Vampire (1986) ... (creator)
- I Want My Mummy (1986) ... (creator)
  Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series) (created by - 67 episodes, 1983 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1983 - 1985)
- A Chip Off the Ol' Milt (1986) ... (creator)
- The Day the Music Died (1986) ... (creator)
- In the Eye of the Beholder (1986) ... (creator)
- Poker Night (1986) ... (creator)
- McCormick's Bar and Grill (1986) ... (creator)
  The Greatest American Hero (TV Series) (created by - 44 episodes, 1981 - 1986) (written by - 14 episodes, 1981 - 1983) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1982)
- The Greatest American Heroine (1986) ... (creator)
- Wizards and Warlocks (1983) ... (creator)
- Vanity, Says the Preacher (1983) ... (creator)
- It's Only Rock and Roll (1983) ... (creator)
- Desperado (1983) ... (creator) / (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)
  The Rousters (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 1983 - 1984) (writer - 1 episode, 1983)
- Wyatt Earp to the Rescue (1984) ... (creator)
- Cold Streak (1984) ... (creator)
- Snake Eyes (1984) ... (creator)
- Slade vs. Slade (1984) ... (creator)
 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) (created by - 14 episodes, 1980) (written by - 9 episodes, 1980)
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980) ... (creator)
- 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)
 1980 Nightside (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Stone (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1980) (story by - 1 episode, 1979) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1979)
- What Do You People Want from Me? (1980) ... (writer)
- Just a Little Blow Between Friends (1980) ... (writer)
- Case Number HM-89428, Homicide (1980) ... (writer)
- Pilot (1979) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
  The Rockford Files (TV Series) (created by - 121 episodes, 1974 - 1980) (written by - 12 episodes, 1975 - 1977) (teleplay - 11 episodes, 1974 - 1978) (writer - 10 episodes, 1978 - 1979) (story - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1978) (teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1977)
- 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) (created by - 82 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) (created for television by - 35 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (written by - 7 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (writer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976) (television story - 1 episode, 1976)
- A Little Bit of England (1978) ... (created for television by)
- Sheep in the Limelight (1978) ... (created for television by)
- The Show Must Go On... Sometimes (1978) ... (created for television by)
- Hotshot (1978) ... (created for television by)
- The Iceman (1978) ... (created for television by)
 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) (created by - 10 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)
 1973-1974 Chase (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes)
- The People Parlay (1974) ... (creator)
- Eighty-Six Proof TNT (1974) ... (creator)
- Remote Control (1974) ... (creator)
- Out of Gas (1974) ... (creator)
- Hot Beef (1974) ... (creator)
  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 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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I'm generally a very happy guy, because I'm doing what I want. I'm willing to tell you that there are people who are much better than I am in writing. I don't have to be the fastest gun in the West. 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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