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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) ... (created by)
- Noir: Part 1 (1999) ... (created by)
- Dream Weavers (1999) ... (created by)
- A Clockwork Florida Orange (1999) ... (created by)
- Where and When (1999) ... (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- The Maltese Indian (1997) ... (created by)
- Born Under a Bad Sign (1997) ... (created by)
- Bounty Hunter of the Year (1997) ... (created by)
- Blood Hunt (1997) ... (created by)
 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)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (TV Movie) (created by)
 1996 The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (TV Movie) (created by)
  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) ... (created by)
- Father Image: Part 2 (1995) ... (created by)
- Father Image: Part 1 (1995) ... (created by)
- In the Shadows of the Gallows (1995) ... (created by)
- Off Broadway: Part 2 (1995) ... (created by)
 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) (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- Precious (1994) ... (created by)
- Lorinda (1994) ... (created by)
- Haunted Lives (1994) ... (created by)
- A Few Dead Men (1994) ... (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- Frankie Stein (1993) ... (created by)
- The Liquidator (1993) ... (created by)
- Dead Man Walking (1993) ... (created by)
- A Dog's Life (1993) ... (created by)
 1991 Scene of the Crime (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode)
- Wild About Harry (1991) ... (created by)
  Broken Badges (TV Series) (created by - 7 episodes, 1990 - 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1990)
- Can I Get a Witness? (1991) ... (created by)
- Meet Your Matchmaker (1991) ... (created by)
- Chucky (1990) ... (created by) / (written by)
- Westside Stories (1990) ... (created by)
- Pilot (1990) ... (created by) / (written by)
 1987-1991 21 Jump Street (TV Series) (created by - 102 episodes)
- Second Chances (1991) ... (created by)
- Homegirls (1991) ... (created by)
- Bad Day at Blackburn (1991) ... (created by)
- Wasted (1991) ... (created by)
- Crossfire (1991) ... (created by)
 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) (created by - 7 episodes, 1991) (writer - 2 episodes, 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1991)
- Memories (1991) ... (created by) / (writer)
- Iced (1991) ... (created by) / (writer)
- The White Angel (1991) ... (created by)
- House Arrest (1991) ... (created by)
- Eye of Newt (1991) ... (created by)
  Booker (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (written by - 2 episodes, 1989) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1989)
- Father's Day (1990) ... (created by)
- Mobile Home (1990) ... (created by)
- Crazy (1990) ... (created by)
- Molly and Eddie (1990) ... (created by)
- Wedding Bell Blues (1990) ... (created by)
  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) ... (created by)
- Dead Right (1990) ... (created by)
- Changing Houses (1990) ... (created by)
- La Mina (1990) ... (created by)
  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)
 1987-1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series) (created by - 16 episodes)
- The Rise and Fall of Joe Piermont (1988) ... (created by)
- Rag Doll (1988) ... (created by)
- Permanent Hiatus (1988) ... (created by)
- A Song from the Sequel (1988) ... (created by)
- Cactus Jack's Last Call (1988) ... (created by)
  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) ... (created by)
- Caper (1987) ... (created by)
- Anytime, Anywhere (1987) ... (created by)
- Blood Money (1987) ... (created by)
- Cry Wolf (1987) ... (created by) / (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) ... (created by)
- The Grey Team (1986) ... (created by)
- The Spy Who Mugged Me (1986) ... (created by)
- The Crystal Skull (1986) ... (created by)
- Point of No Return (1986) ... (created by)
  Riptide (TV Series) (created by - 56 episodes, 1984 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1984 - 1985)
- Echoes (1986) ... (created by)
- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em (1986) ... (created by)
- Chapel of Glass (1986) ... (created by)
- Dead Men Don't Floss (1986) ... (created by)
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... (created by)
  The Last Precinct (TV Series) (created by - 8 episodes, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Three Ring Circus (1986) ... (created by)
- Toehold (1986) ... (created by)
- Ghost of a Chance (1986) ... (created by)
- Never Cross a Vampire (1986) ... (created by)
- I Want My Mummy (1986) ... (created by)
  Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series) (created by - 67 episodes, 1983 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1983 - 1985)
- A Chip Off the Ol' Milt (1986) ... (created by)
- The Day the Music Died (1986) ... (created by)
- In the Eye of the Beholder (1986) ... (created by)
- Poker Night (1986) ... (created by)
- McCormick's Bar and Grill (1986) ... (created by)
  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) ... (created by)
- Wizards and Warlocks (1983) ... (created by)
- Vanity, Says the Preacher (1983) ... (created by)
- It's Only Rock and Roll (1983) ... (created by)
- Desperado (1983) ... (created by) / (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) ... (created by)
- Cold Streak (1984) ... (created by)
- Snake Eyes (1984) ... (created by)
- Slade vs. Slade (1984) ... (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street (1980) ... (created by)
- Untitled (1980) ... (created by) / (written by)
- This One's Gonna Kill Ya (1980) ... (created by) / (written by)
- Loose Larry's List of Losers (1980) ... (created by) / (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) (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) ... (created by)
- Just a Coupla Guys (1979) ... (created by)
- The Big Cheese (1979) ... (created by)
- No-Fault Affair (1979) ... (created by)
- The Hawaiian Headache (1979) ... (created by) / (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) ... (created by)
- The Snake Chaser (1978) ... (created by)
- The Dream (1978) ... (created by)
- Barney (1978) ... (created by)
- The Gadjo (1978) ... (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- The Bloodshot Eye (1976) ... (created by)
- Say Goodbye to Yesterday (1976) ... (created by)
- The Castle of Dreams (1976) ... (created by) / (story) / (teleplay)
- A Sudden Silence (1976) ... (created by)
 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) ... (created by)
- Eighty-Six Proof TNT (1974) ... (created by)
- Remote Control (1974) ... (created by)
- Out of Gas (1974) ... (created by)
- Hot Beef (1974) ... (created by)
  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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Personal Quote:

On the Writer's Guild strike 1987: I called up the then President of the Guild and said: 'Listen, I'm a writer and a Producer. How can we make this work'? I told him I'd open the Cannell books to him so he could see there wasn't more money and the Networks were just as stretched... As a Guild member, the Guild didn't want to hear what I had to say and they never took me up on the offer to see the... See more »

Trivia:

His oldest child, Derek, died at age 15 on April 4, 1982. He was suffocated when a sandcastle he was building collapsed on him. See more »

Trademark:

Action/Adventure shows featuring likable, but flawed, protagonists

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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