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George Eckstein was a leading producer and writer for television from the early 1960s, who was best known for his work on the hit ABC drama series The Fugitive. He penned the 2-part series finale in 1967 that saw the long suffering title character, played by David Jannsen, clear his name by finding the one-armed man who murdered his wife. The episode set a record for a viewing audience that lasted for over a decade.
Eckstein was born in Los Angeles on May 3, 1928. He scripted his first tele-play, an episode of The Untouchables, in 1961. He wrote for several other drama series during the decade, and penned several episodes of the sci-fi series The Invaders. His work on that series included scripting the acclaimed 1967 episode The Summit Meeting.
- Harris Lentz
15 September 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
George Eckstein, a TV producer and writer who co-wrote the two-part finale of ABC series "The Fugitive" that captivated the nation in 1967, died Sept. 12 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
In a career that spanned nearly three decades, Eckstein also produced "Duel," the 1971 ABC telefilm directed by a 24-year-old Steven Spielberg. "Duel" starred Dennis Weaver as a motorist terrorized by a mysterious, unseen truck driver.
"George hired me to direct his ABC Movie of the Week, 'Duel,' and my career was never the same," Spielberg said. "I owe so much to him for having the courage to hire a kid to do a man's job. George had passion for telling highly original stories and was a wonderful mentor to me and so many others. I will miss his quiet dignity."
Eckstein was nominated for Emmys for his work as a producer on late »
- By Mike Barnes
Hollywood producer and TV writer George Eckstein has died, aged 81.
Eckstein co-wrote the final episode of 1960s TV series The Fugitive - one of the most watched TV episodes in U.S. history.
He also wrote 10 episodes of the drama, and served as associate producer and co-producer on the series.
In addition to his credits on The Fugitive, Eckstein produced movies for the small screen including Amelia Earhart and Tail Gunner Joe. He executive produced TV miniseries Masada and TV series Love, Sidney.
Eckstein was a former board member of the Writers Guild of America and a founding member and a former chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors.
He died on Saturday in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, actress Selette Cole, three daughters and two granddaughters. »
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