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Tom Fontana


Tom Fontana was born on September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, known for Copper (2012), Borgia (2011), Oz (1997), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and St. Elsewhere (1982). He was twice married to Sagan Lewis, before her death in 2016. See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Homicide: Life on the Street
(1993-1999)
Oz
Oz Writer
(1997-2003)
St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere Writer
(1982-1988)
Copper
Copper Writer
(2012-2013)

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  Borgia (TV Series) (creator - 29 episodes, 2011 - 2014) (story - 24 episodes, 2011 - 2014) (written by - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2013) (teleplay - 1 episode, 2014)
- 1507 (2014) ... (creator) / (story)
- 1505 (2014) ... (creator) / (story)
- 1506 (2014) ... (creator) / (story)
- 1504 (2014) ... (creator) / (story)
- 1503, Part Two (2014) ... (creator) / (story)
  Copper (TV Series) (created by - 23 episodes, 2012 - 2013) (story - 14 episodes, 2012 - 2013) (written by - 1 episode, 2012)
- The Place I Called My Home (2013) ... (creator)
- Beautiful Dreamer (2013) ... (creator)
- Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) ... (creator)
- The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) ... (creator) / (story)
- Think Gently of the Erring (2013) ... (creator)
  The Philanthropist (TV Series) (created by - 8 episodes, 2009) (written by - 1 episode, 2009) (story - 1 episode, 2009) (teleplay - 1 episode, 2009)
- Haiti (2009) ... (creator)
- Kashmir (2009) ... (creator)
- San Diego (2009) ... (creator)
- Kosovo (2009) ... (creator)
- Nigeria Part II (2009) ... (creator) / (written by)
 2007 M.O.N.Y. (TV Movie)
  The Bedford Diaries (TV Series) (story - 7 episodes, 2006) (creator - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Risky Business (2006) ... (story)
- Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (2006) ... (creator) / (story)
- The Passion of the Beaver (2006) ... (story)
- Love and the Tenth Planet (2006) ... (story)
  The Jury (TV Series) (story - 9 episodes, 2004) (teleplay - 1 episode, 2004) (writer - 1 episode, 2004)
- Too Jung to Die (2004) ... (story)
- Lamentation on the Reservation (2004) ... (story)
- Pilot (2004) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The Boxer (2004) ... (story)
- Memories (2004) ... (story)
 2004 Strip Search (TV Movie) (written by)
 2004 Judas (TV Movie) (written by)
  Oz (TV Series) (created by - 56 episodes, 1997 - 2003) (written by - 50 episodes, 1997 - 2003) (story - 5 episodes, 1998) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1998) (teleplay and story by - 1 episode, 2001)
- Exeunt Omnes (2003) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Junkyard Dawgs (2003) ... (creator) / (written by)
- A Day in the Death... (2003) ... (creator) / (written by)
- 4giveness (2003) ... (creator) / (written by)
- A Failure to Communicate (2003) ... (creator) / (written by)
 2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes (TV Special documentary)
 2000 The Beat (TV Series)
 2000 Homicide: The Movie (TV Movie) (written by)
  Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) (story by - 57 episodes, 1993 - 1999) (written by - 10 episodes, 1993 - 1999) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1996)
- Forgive Us Our Trespasses (1999) ... (written by)
- Lines of Fire (1999) ... (story by)
- Identity Crisis (1999) ... (story by)
- Zen and the Art of Murder (1999) ... (story by)
- Kellerman, P.I.: Part 2 (1998) ... (story by)
 1997 Firehouse (TV Movie)
 1996 The Prosecutors (TV Movie)
 1995 Under Fire (TV Series) (1995)
 1994 Philly Heat (TV Series)
 1993 New Year (TV Movie)
  Home Fires (TV Series) (story - 5 episodes, 1992) (creator - 1 episode, 1992)
- Sibling Revelry (1992) ... (story)
- A Bench Too Far (1992) ... (story)
- Fathers and Sons (1992) ... (story)
- Marriage by the Book (1992) ... (story)
- Madonna and Child Reunion (1992) ... (story)
  Tattinger's (TV Series) (1 episode, 1989) (created by - 13 episodes, 1988 - 1989) (story - 1 episode, 1989) (writer - 1 episode, 1988)
- Tour of Doody (1989)
- Ex-Appeal (1989) ... (creator)
- El Sid (1989) ... (creator) / (story)
- Half a Loaf (1989) ... (creator)
- Screwball (1989) ... (creator)
  St. Elsewhere (TV Series) (story by - 61 episodes, 1982 - 1988) (written by - 27 episodes, 1983 - 1987) (teleplay by - 9 episodes, 1982 - 1988)
- The Last One (1988) ... (story by)
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... (teleplay by)
- Their Town (1988) ... (story by)
- Weigh In, Way Out (1987) ... (written by)
- A Moon for the Misbegotten (1987) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
 1987 First Thing Monday (Short)
 1985 The Fourth Wise Man (TV Movie) (teleplay)
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He usually writes early in the morning just after waking up. He has said that most of the time ideas will come to him at this time from dreams he has had during the night. Prior to going to bed he usually will briefly look over the scenes he plans to write in the morning in order to generate these dreams. See more »

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His stories frequently revolve around the concepts of Redemption and Forgiveness See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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