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Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85

17 October 2013 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screenwriter Mann Rubin, who penned 1959 drama “The Best of Everything,” starring Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd and Joan Crawford, and 1980 police thriller “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway, died after a long illness in West Hills, Calif., on Oct. 12. He was 85.

Rubin also wrote episodes for dozens of TV series, starting with the pioneering “Studio One in Hollywood” and “Tales of Tomorrow” and ending with a new iteration of “Dragnet” in 1990.

Most recently he had penned two film shorts, co-writing 2012′s “A Nice Touch,” starring Dougray Scott, with director Richard Jones. “A Lasting Impression,” starring Tanna Frederick, will play film festivals next year.

For director Jean Negulesco’s 1959 feature “The Best of Everything,” Rubin and Edith R. Sommer shared credit for adapting the Rona Jaffe novel. For “The First Deadly Sin,” Rubin adapted Lawrence Sanders’ novel.

The writer’s other TV credits include episodes of “Perry Mason, »

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Mann Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘First Deadly Sin,’ Dies at 85

17 October 2013 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Screenwriter Mann Rubin, who penned 1959 drama “The Best of Everything,” starring Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd and Joan Crawford, and 1980 police thriller “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway, died after a long illness in West Hills, Calif., on Oct. 12. He was 85.

Rubin also wrote episodes for dozens of TV series, starting with the pioneering “Studio One in Hollywood” and “Tales of Tomorrow” and ending with a new iteration of “Dragnet” in 1990.

Most recently he had penned two film shorts, co-writing 2012′s “A Nice Touch,” starring Dougray Scott, with director Richard Jones. “A Lasting Impression,” starring Tanna Frederick, will play film festivals next year.

For director Jean Negulesco’s 1959 feature “The Best of Everything,” Rubin and Edith R. Sommer shared credit for adapting the Rona Jaffe novel. For “The First Deadly Sin,” Rubin adapted Lawrence Sanders’ novel.

The writer’s other TV credits include episodes of “Perry Mason, »

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R.I.P. TV Writer Mann Rubin

14 October 2013 1:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The prolific scribe wrote and/or scripted episodes for dozens of network series. Mann Rubin died during the weekend in West Hills, CA, after a long illness. He was 86. After a stint in the Army, the Brooklyn native started his career writing for comic books and penned several short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. His first TV writing gig was for Studio One in Hollywood, and he went on to such 1950s shows as Tales Of Tomorrow, Justice and Climax! During the next three decades he penned episodes of such popular series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, Quincy, M.E., Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files Dynasty, Knots Landing and The Paper Chase. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1959 Hope Lange-Stephen Boyd drama The Best Of Everything. More recently, Rubin taught screenwriting at »

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R.I.P. Don Medford

3 January 2013 12:23 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin, »

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