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Dean Riesner (1918–2002)

At the age of five Dean Riesner was a child actor (aka "Dinky Dean") in films such as The Pilgrim (1923) with Charles Chaplin. Dean's father, writer/director Charles Reisner, worked with and was friends with Chaplin and Buster Keaton, giving young Dean a foot in the door to a film career. Dean would have continued as a child actor had his mother ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 Fatal Beauty (screenplay)
 1984 Starman (uncredited)
 1983 Sudden Impact (uncredited)
 1983 The Sting II (uncredited)
 1983 Blue Thunder (uncredited)
 1981 The High Country (uncredited)
 1976 The Enforcer (screenplay)
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 The Keegans (TV Movie) (as Dean E. Riesner)
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay - 9 episodes)
- Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12 (1976) ... (teleplay)
- Part VII: Chapter 10 (1976) ... (teleplay)
- Part VII: Chapter 9 (1976) ... (teleplay)
- Part VI: Chapter 8 (1976) ... (teleplay)
- Part V: Chapter 7 (1976) ... (teleplay)
 1973 Charley Varrick (screenplay)
 1973 High Plains Drifter (uncredited)
 1971 Dirty Harry (screenplay)
 1971 Play Misty for Me (screenplay)
 1971 Vanished (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1970 The Intruders (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1970 Lost Flight (TV Movie) (written by)
 1968 Coogan's Bluff (screenplay)
 1968 Lancer (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The High Riders (1968) ... (teleplay)
 1967 Ironside (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Girl in the Night (1967) ... (story)
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1967 The Road West (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Eighty-Seven Dollar Bride (1967) ... (written by)
  Ben Casey (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1964)
- Then, Suddenly, Panic (1966) ... (writer)
- Goodbye to Blue Elephants and Such (1964) ... (teleplay)
 1965 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes)
- A Stranger to the House (1965) ... (teleplay)
- A Time for Living (1965) ... (teleplay)
- The Homecoming (1965) ... (teleplay)
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Escape into Jeopardy (1965) ... (as Dean Reisner)
 1964-1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- End of the Line (1965) ... (writer)
- Interlude (1964) ... (writer)
 1964-1965 Slattery's People (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
 1963-1964 The Virginian (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- A Gallows for Sam Horn (1964) ... (writer)
- A Man Called Kane (1964) ... (writer)
- The Intruders (1964) ... (writer)
- A Portrait of Marie Valonne (1963) ... (writer)
 1963-1964 Rawhide (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Incident at Zebulon (1964) ... (writer)
- Incident of the Death Dancer (1963) ... (writer)
- Incident of the Red Wind (1963) ... (writer)
- Incident of the Black Ace (1963) ... (writer)
- Incident of the Pale Rider (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 The Outer Limits (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Tourist Attraction (1963) ... (written by)
 1963 The Man from Galveston (writer)
  The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series) (written by - 12 episodes, 1959 - 1963) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1961)
- The Call of the Like Wild (1963) ... (written by)
- Lassie, Get Lost (1963) ... (written by)
- Beethoven, Presley and Me (1963) ... (written by)
- Vocal Boy Makes Good (1963) ... (written by)
- Doctor Jekyll and Mister Gillis (1962) ... (written by)
 1960-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Lady in the Sun (1963) ... (writer)
- Big Boy Blue (1961) ... (writer)
- The Laurel Canyon Caper (1960) ... (writer)
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Chooser of the Slain (1963) ... (writer)
- One Day in Vermillion (1963) ... (writer)
  G.E. True (TV Series) (1 episode, 1962) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Amateurs (1962) ... (as Dean Reisner)
- The Handmade Private (1962) ... (teleplay)
  Surfside 6 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1962) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Love Song for a Deadly Redhead (1962) ... (writer)
- The International Net (1960) ... (teleplay)
  Cheyenne (TV Series) (written by - 5 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (writer - 2 episodes, 1961) (television story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1958) (story - 1 episode, 1956) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1955)
- The Brahma Bull (1961) ... (writer)
- Lone Patrol (1961) ... (writer)
- Noose at Noon (1958) ... (television story and teleplay)
- The Brand (1957) ... (written by)
- Johnny Bravo (1956) ... (story) / (written by)
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Busman's Holiday (1961)
 1961 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Falling Star (1961) ... (writer)
  Lawman (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1958 - 1961) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1959)
- The Robbery (1961) ... (writer)
- The Hoax (1959) ... (writer)
- Lily (1959) ... (teleplay)
- Warpath (1959) ... (writer)
- The Deputy (1958) ... (writer)
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Showdown (1960) ... (written by)
 1959-1960 Colt .45 (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes)
- Attack (1960) ... (teleplay)
- Chain of Command (1960) ... (teleplay)
- The Hothead (1959) ... (teleplay)
- The Sanctuary (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Fiddle (1960) ... (writer)
  Bronco (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1958 - 1960) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1959)
- Tangled Trail (1960) ... (writer)
- Red Water North (1959) ... (teleplay)
- Baron of Broken Lance (1959) ... (teleplay)
- Four Guns and a Prayer (1958) ... (writer)
  Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960) (writer - 1 episode, 1960)
- Swamp Fire (1960) ... (teleplay)
- Neon Nightmare (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Three Bullets for Bat (1960) ... (written by)
  Sugarfoot (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1957 - 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1957)
- Fernando (1960) ... (writer)
- MacBrewster the Bold (1959) ... (writer)
- The Wild Bunch (1959) ... (writer)
- The Stallion Trail (1957) ... (writer)
- Reluctant Hero (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Woman with a Gun (1959) ... (written by)
 1959 The Texan (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Blood Money (1959) ... (written by)
 1958 Paris Holiday (writer)
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- The New Sheriff (1957) ... (script)
 1957 The Thin Man (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Fatal Cliche (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1956 Conflict (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Silent Journey (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Big Slide (1956) ... (as Dean Reisner)
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Dear Miss Lovelace (1956) ... (teleplay)
  So This Is Hollywood (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1955) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1955)
- The Achilles Heel of Pudge Heffledorfer (1955) ... (as Dean Reisner)
- Mother Dodd Came to Town (1955) ... (as Dean Reisner)
- Mink Coat (1955) ... (teleplay)
 1954 So You Want to Know Your Relatives (Short) (story)
  Studio 57 (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1954) (original story - 1 episode, 1954)
- Cubs of the Bear (1954) ... (teleplay)
- The Duel (1954) ... (original story) / (teleplay)
 1954 So You Want to Go to a Night Club (Short) (story)
 1954 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- Come Out Fighting (1954) ... (teleplay)
- A Turkey for Terry (1954) ... (teleplay)
  Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1952) (writer - 1 episode, 1952)
- This Plane for Hire (1952) ... (teleplay)
- Port of Call (1952) ... (writer)
 1951 Skipalong Rosenbloom (screenplay)
 1948 Bill and Coo (screenplay)
 1942 Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (story - as Dean Franklin)
 1940 A Fugitive from Justice (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1940 The Fighting 69th (original screen play by)
 1939 Code of the Secret Service (original screen play - as Dean Franklin)
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Unsold pilot: Wrote the teleplay for a pilot called "Shadow Man" about a man who has plastic surgery and assumes the identity of a multi-billionaire to do good for humanity.

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Alternate Names:

Dinky Dean | Dink Dean | Dean Franklin | Dean Reisner | Dinky Reisner | Dean E. Riesner
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Son of director Charles Reisner. See more »

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Scorpio

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