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William Bast

William Bast, the Edgar-winning TV screenwriter, was the first biographer of cinema icon James Dean, his close friend and lover. Bast and Dean met and became friends and roommates while drama students at U.C.L.A., and later roomed together in New York City. Bast first wrote about Dean a year after his death, in "James Dean: A Biography", which was ... See full bio »
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 2002 Power and Beauty (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1998 The Fury Within (TV Movie) (written by)
 1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1992 Secrets (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1990 The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay) / (written by)
 1989 Twist of Fate (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay)
  The Colbys (TV Series) (developer - 49 episodes, 1985 - 1987) (story - 44 episodes, 1985 - 1987) (written by - 5 episodes, 1985 - 1987)
- Crossroads (1987) ... (creator) / (written by)
- The Dead End (1987) ... (creator) / (story)
- Betrayals (1987) ... (creator) / (story)
- Devil's Advocate (1987) ... (creator) / (story)
- Return Engagement (1987) ... (creator) / (story)
 1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Part 1 (1984) ... (teleplay)
 1984 The Master of Ballantrae (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1983 The Hamptons (TV Series) (co-creator)
  Tucker's Witch (TV Series) (11 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (writer - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1983)
- Murder Is the Key (1983) ... (creator)
- Living and Presumed Dead (1983) ... (creator)
- Formula for Revenge (1983) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Rock Is a Hard Place (1983) ... (creator)
- Psych-Out (1983) ... (creator)
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1981 Mistress of Paradise (TV Movie)
 1981 The Star Maker (TV Movie)
 1978 The Betsy (screenplay)
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1976 James Dean (TV Movie) (written by)
 1975 The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Movie) (written by)
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Engagement (1974) ... (writer)
- The Musician (1974) ... (writer)
  Hawaii Five-O (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1974) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1974) (written by - 1 episode, 1973)
- A Hawaiian Nightmare (1974) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- Anybody Can Build a Bomb (1973) ... (written by)
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ma Gantry Gang (1974) ... (writer)
 1974 The New Perry Mason (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Case of the Violent Valley (1974) ... (written by)
 1973 The Waltons (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Actress (1973) ... (written by)
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Cry of the Cat (1972) ... (written by)
 1969-1970 Mod Squad (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- 'A' Is for Annie (1970) ... (written by)
- The Girl in Chair Nine (1969) ... (written by)
  It Takes a Thief (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1970) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1970) (writer - 1 episode, 1969)
- The Suzie Simone Caper (1970) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The Scorpio Drop (1969) ... (writer)
 1969 The Survivors (TV Series) (writer)
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi (screenplay - as William E. Bast)
 1968 Danger Has Two Faces (TV Movie) (script)
 1968 Hammerhead (screenplay)
 1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Boa Constrictor (1967) ... (writer)
  Combat! (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1967) (written by - 1 episode, 1963)
- Entombed (1967) ... (story)
- Just for the Record (1963) ... (written by)
  The Man Who Never Was (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966) (writer - 1 episode, 1966)
- Drop by Drop (1966) ... (story)
- Target: Eva (1966) ... (teleplay)
- All That Lia Ever Wanted (1966) ... (writer)
  Perry Mason (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (written by - 1 episode, 1965) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1965)
- The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper (1966) ... (writer)
- The Case of the Silent Six (1965) ... (written by)
- The Case of the Impetuous Imp (1965) ... (teleplay)
- The Case of the Fatal Fortune (1965) ... (writer)
  The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1966) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Blaze of Glory (1966) ... (story)
- Home Is a Nameless Place (1965) ... (writer)
  The Fugitive (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1965) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1965)
- All the Scared Rabbits (1965) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1965 Honey West (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Whatever Lola Wants.... (1965) ... (written by)
- The Owl and the Eye (1965) ... (written by)
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
- One of the Family (1965) ... (uncredited)
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bow to a Master (1965) ... (writer)
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Moonstone (1964) ... (teleplay)
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Silent Love, Secret Love (1963) ... (written by)
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Movie Star (1962) ... (story)
 1962 National Velvet (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Clown (1962) ... (story - teleplay)
 1961 The Test (TV Movie)
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- But Linda Only Smiled (1961) ... (writer)
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blood Money (1961) ... (writer)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1960) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Tiger at the Gates (1960) ... (adaptation)
- The Myth Makers (1958) ... (writer)
 1960 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
 1960 On Trial (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Horatio Bottomley, MP (1960) ... (writer)
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Biography: "James Dean: A Biography" See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

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Alternate Names:

William E. Bast
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Portrayed by actor Michael Brandon in James Dean (1976). See more »

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