Stephen J. Cannell (1941–2010)


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Stephen J. Cannell was raised in Pasadena, California. His father ran an interior design firm. From an early age, Stephen suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia, which made it nearly impossible from him to do well in school, he either flunked or was held back many times. Even though one of the courses he had trouble with was English, he wrote in one ... See full bio »

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(1974-1980)
(1981-1986)
Wiseguy Writer
(1987-1990)

Filmography

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 2018 The Greatest American Hero (TV Movie) (television series)
 2014 22 Jump Street (television series "21 Jump Street")
 2012 21 Jump Street (television series)
 2010 The A-Team (television series "The A-Team")
 2009 The Greatest American Hero: The Fan Series (Short) (based on characters created for the screen by)
 2006 The Tooth Fairy (Video) (teleplay)
 2005 It Waits (teleplay)
 2003 Hunter: Back in Force (TV Movie) (story)
 2002 Hunter: Return to Justice (TV Movie) (story)
 2002 Dead Above Ground (written by)
  Silk Stalkings (TV Series) (created by - 176 episodes, 1991 - 1999) (written by - 4 episodes, 1991 - 1997) (writer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Noir: Part 2 (1999) ... (creator)
- Noir: Part 1 (1999) ... (creator)
- Dream Weavers (1999) ... (creator)
- A Clockwork Florida Orange (1999) ... (creator)
- Where and When (1999) ... (creator)
 1997 Hawaii Five-O (TV Movie)
  Renegade (TV Series) (created by - 110 episodes, 1992 - 1997) (written by - 7 episodes, 1992 - 1995)
- The Bad Seed (1997) ... (creator)
- The Maltese Indian (1997) ... (creator)
- Born Under a Bad Sign (1997) ... (creator)
- Bounty Hunter of the Year (1997) ... (creator)
- Blood Hunt (1997) ... (creator)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (TV Movie) (creator)
 1996 Wiseguy (TV Movie) (characters)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1996 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (TV Movie) (creator)
 1996 The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (TV Movie) (creator)
  The Commish (TV Series) (created by - 92 episodes, 1991 - 1996) (written by - 3 episodes, 1991) (story by - 1 episode, 1991) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1991)
- Redemption (1996) ... (creator)
- Father Image: Part 2 (1995) ... (creator)
- Father Image: Part 1 (1995) ... (creator)
- In the Shadows of the Gallows (1995) ... (creator)
- Off Broadway: Part 2 (1995) ... (creator)
  Marker (TV Series) (created by - 2 episodes, 1995) (written by - 1 episode, 1995)
- Factor X (1995) ... (creator)
- Snowballs in Hawaii (1995) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1994 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (TV Movie) (creator)
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
  Cobra (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes, 1993 - 1994) (written by - 2 episodes, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- Aces and Eights (1994) ... (creator)
- Precious (1994) ... (creator)
- Lorinda (1994) ... (creator)
- Haunted Lives (1994) ... (creator)
- A Few Dead Men (1994) ... (creator)
 1994 Traps (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The 24/24 Hour Rule (1994) ... (written by)
  The Hat Squad (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 1992 - 1993) (written by - 2 episodes, 1992)
- The 12th Victim (1993) ... (creator)
- Frankie Stein (1993) ... (creator)
- The Liquidator (1993) ... (creator)
- Dead Man Walking (1993) ... (creator)
- A Dog's Life (1993) ... (creator)
  Palace Guard (TV Series) (created by - 7 episodes, 1991) (writer - 2 episodes, 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1991)
- Memories (1991) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Iced (1991) ... (creator) / (writer)
- The White Angel (1991) ... (creator)
- House Arrest (1991) ... (creator)
- Eye of Newt (1991) ... (creator)
 1991 Scene of the Crime (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode)
- Wild About Harry (1991) ... (creator)
  Broken Badges (TV Mini Series) (created by - 7 episodes, 1990 - 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1990)
- Can I Get a Witness? (1991) ... (creator)
- Meet Your Matchmaker (1991) ... (creator)
- Chucky (1990) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Westside Stories (1990) ... (creator)
- Pilot (1990) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1987-1991 21 Jump Street (TV Series) (created by - 102 episodes)
- Second Chances (1991) ... (creator)
- Homegirls (1991) ... (creator)
- Bad Day at Blackburn (1991) ... (creator)
- Wasted (1991) ... (creator)
- Crossfire (1991) ... (creator)
 1991 The Great Pretender (TV Movie) (written by)
  The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (TV Series) (created by - 2 episodes, 1991) (written by - 2 episodes, 1991)
- A Pirate Story (1991) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Pilot (1991) ... (creator) / (written by)
  Wiseguy (TV Series) (created by - 73 episodes, 1987 - 1990) (writer - 4 episodes, 1987 - 1990) (written by - 2 episodes, 1987 - 1988) (story - 1 episode, 1990) (story by - 1 episode, 1990)
- Point of No Return (1990) ... (creator)
- Dead Right (1990) ... (creator)
- Changing Houses (1990) ... (creator)
- La Mina (1990) ... (creator)
  Booker (TV Series) (created by - 22 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (written by - 2 episodes, 1989) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Father's Day (1990) ... (creator)
- Mobile Home (1990) ... (creator)
- Crazy (1990) ... (creator)
- Molly and Eddie (1990) ... (creator)
- Wedding Bell Blues (1990) ... (creator)
 1989 Top of the Hill (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Above Suspicion (1989)
- Running Shoes (1989)
- Taking the Heat (1989)
 1989 Thunderboat Row (TV Movie) (written by)
  Unsub (TV Series) (developer - 6 episodes, 1989) (developed by - 2 episodes, 1989) (written by - 1 episode, 1989)
- Burn Out (1989) ... (creator)
- And They Swam Right Over the Dam (1989) ... (creator)
- Daddy Dearest (1989) ... (creator)
 1988 Sonny Spoon (TV Series) (created by - 2 episodes)
- Deuces Wild (1988) ... (creator)
- Cheap & Chili (1988) ... (creator)
 1987-1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series) (created by - 16 episodes)
- The Rise and Fall of Joe Piermont (1988) ... (creator)
- Rag Doll (1988) ... (creator)
- Permanent Hiatus (1988) ... (creator)
- A Song from the Sequel (1988) ... (creator)
- Cactus Jack's Last Call (1988) ... (creator)
  Stingray (TV Series) (created by - 23 episodes, 1986 - 1987) (written by - 3 episodes, 1986 - 1987) (writer - 2 episodes, 1987)
- One Way Ticket to the End of the Line (1987) ... (creator)
- Caper (1987) ... (creator)
- Anytime, Anywhere (1987) ... (creator)
- Blood Money (1987) ... (creator)
- Cry Wolf (1987) ... (creator) / (written by)
  The A-Team (TV Series) (created by - 97 episodes, 1983 - 1987) (written by - 15 episodes, 1983 - 1986) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1983)
- Without Reservations (1987) ... (creator)
- The Grey Team (1986) ... (creator)
- The Spy Who Mugged Me (1986) ... (creator)
- The Crystal Skull (1986) ... (creator)
- Point of No Return (1986) ... (creator)
  The Greatest American Hero (TV Series) (created by - 44 episodes, 1981 - 1986) (written by - 14 episodes, 1981 - 1983) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1982)
- The Greatest American Heroine (1986) ... (creator)
- Wizards and Warlocks (1983) ... (creator)
- It's Only Rock and Roll (1983) ... (creator)
- Desperado (1983) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Vanity, Says the Preacher (1983) ... (creator)
  Riptide (TV Series) (created by - 56 episodes, 1984 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1984 - 1985)
- Echoes (1986) ... (creator)
- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em (1986) ... (creator)
- Chapel of Glass (1986) ... (creator)
- Dead Men Don't Floss (1986) ... (creator)
- The Play's the Thing (1986) ... (creator)
  The Last Precinct (TV Series) (created by - 8 episodes, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Three Ring Circus (1986) ... (creator)
- Toehold (1986) ... (creator)
- Ghost of a Chance (1986) ... (creator)
- Never Cross a Vampire (1986) ... (creator)
- I Want My Mummy (1986) ... (creator)
  Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series) (created by - 67 episodes, 1983 - 1986) (written by - 8 episodes, 1983 - 1985)
- A Chip Off the Ol' Milt (1986) ... (creator)
- The Day the Music Died (1986) ... (creator)
- In the Eye of the Beholder (1986) ... (creator)
- Poker Night (1986) ... (creator)
- McCormick's Bar and Grill (1986) ... (creator)
 1985 Stingray (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1985 Brothers-in-Law (TV Movie)
 1984 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Catfight (1984) ... (written by)
 1984 Hunter (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Hot Grounder (1984) ... (writer)
- Hard Contract (1984) ... (writer)
  The Rousters (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 1983 - 1984) (creator - 1 episode, 1983) (writer - 1 episode, 1983)
- Wyatt Earp to the Rescue (1984) ... (creator)
- Cold Streak (1984) ... (creator)
- Snake Eyes (1984) ... (creator)
- Slade vs. Slade (1984) ... (creator)
 1982 The Quest (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Escape from a Velvet Box (1982) ... (writer)
  Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series) (created by - 14 episodes, 1980) (written by - 9 episodes, 1980)
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980) ... (creator)
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street (1980) ... (creator)
- Untitled (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- This One's Gonna Kill Ya (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Loose Larry's List of Losers (1980) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1980 Nightside (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Stone (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1980) (story by - 1 episode, 1979) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1979)
- What Do You People Want from Me? (1980) ... (writer)
- Just a Little Blow Between Friends (1980) ... (writer)
- Case Number HM-89428, Homicide (1980) ... (writer)
- Pilot (1979) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
  The Rockford Files (TV Series) (created by - 118 episodes, 1974 - 1980) (written by - 22 episodes, 1975 - 1979) (teleplay by - 13 episodes, 1974 - 1978) (story by - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1978)
- Deadlock in Parma (1980) ... (creator)
- Just a Coupla Guys (1979) ... (creator)
- The Big Cheese (1979) ... (creator)
- No Fault Affair (1979) ... (creator)
- The Hawaiian Headache (1979) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1979 Stone (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
  The Duke (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1979) (created by - 1 episode, 1979)
- Nothin' Cept Noise (1979) ... (written by)
- The Pilot: Duke (1979) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1979 The Night Rider (TV Movie)
 1979 The Chinese Typewriter (TV Movie)
 1978 The Jordan Chance (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
  Baretta (TV Series) (created by - 82 episodes, 1975 - 1978) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Bundle (1978) ... (creator)
- The Snake Chaser (1978) ... (creator)
- The Dream (1978) ... (creator)
- Barney (1978) ... (creator)
- The Gadjo (1978) ... (creator)
 1978 The Gypsy Warriors (TV Movie) (written by)
  Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (TV Series) (created by - 5 episodes, 1978) (story - 1 episode, 1978)
- Escape from Caine Abel (1978) ... (creator)
- A Pigeon Ripe for Plucking (1978) ... (creator)
- A Title on the Door and a Carpet on the Floor (1978) ... (creator) / (story)
- Junk It to Me Baby (1978) ... (creator)
- The Framing of Perfect Sydney (1978) ... (creator)
  Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series) (created for television by - 35 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (written by - 7 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (writer - 1 episode, 1978) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976) (television story - 1 episode, 1976)
- A Little Bit of England (1978) ... (created for television by)
- Sheep in the Limelight (1978) ... (created for television by)
- The Show Must Go On... Sometimes (1978) ... (created for television by)
- Hotshot (1978) ... (created for television by)
- The Iceman (1978) ... (created for television by)
 1978 Dr. Scorpion (TV Movie) (creator)
 1978 Confessions of the D.A. Man (TV Movie) (written by)
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
 1976 Scott Free (TV Movie)
  City of Angels (TV Series) (created by - 9 episodes, 1976) (story - 4 episodes, 1976) (writer - 3 episodes, 1976) (creator - 1 episode, 1976) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976)
- Match Point (1976) ... (creator)
- The Bloodshot Eye (1976) ... (creator)
- Say Goodbye to Yesterday (1976) ... (creator)
- The Castle of Dreams (1976) ... (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)
- A Sudden Silence (1976) ... (creator)
 1975 Switch (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Death by Resurrection (1975) ... (teleplay)
  Chase (TV Series) (1 episode, 1973) (created by - 22 episodes, 1973 - 1974)
- The People Parlay (1974) ... (creator)
- Eighty-Six Proof TNT (1974) ... (creator)
- Remote Control (1974) ... (creator)
- Out of Gas (1974) ... (creator)
- Hot Beef (1974) ... (creator)
  Toma (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1973 - 1974) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- The Contract on Alex Cordeen (1974) ... (teleplay)
- Frame-Up (1973) ... (writer)
- The Cain Connection (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Crime Without Victim (1973) ... (teleplay)
- The Oberon Contract (1973) ... (teleplay)
 1973 Columbo (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Double Exposure (1973) ... (written by)
  Adam-12 (TV Series) (executive story consultant - 24 episodes, 1972 - 1973) (story editor - 24 episodes, 1971 - 1972) (written by - 15 episodes, 1971 - 1973)
- Easy Rap (1973) ... (executive story consultant)
- Keeping Tabs (1973) ... (executive story consultant)
- Anatomy of a 415 (1973) ... (executive story consultant)
- A Fool and His Money (1973) ... (executive story consultant)
- Suspended (1973) ... (executive story consultant)
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
  Ironside (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1971) (story - 1 episode, 1970) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1970)
- The Riddle in Room Six (1971) ... (written by - as Stephen Cannell)
- This Could Blow Your Mind (1970) ... (story - as Stephen Cannell) / (teleplay - as Stephen Cannell)
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Alternate Names:

Stephen Cannell | Steven J. Cannell | Steve Cannell

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Marcia Clifford Finch  (his death)  (4 children)
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Personal Quote:

I never waited for my Irish Cream coffee to be the right temperature, with a storm happening outside and my fireplace crackling ... I wrote every day, at home, in the office, whether I felt like it or not, I just did it. See more »

Trivia:

Received his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon (1964). See more »

Trademark:

Action/adventure series featuring likable, but flawed, protagonists.

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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