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William Blinn (I) (1937–2020)

William Blinn was born in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from high school, and then to college, he moved to California, where he started his career as a television writer and producer in the 1960s. After his freelance work on many television shows, his big break came in 1971 where he wrote the made-for-TV movie "Brian's Song" which is an instant ... See full bio »

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Known For

Fame Writer
(1982-1984)
The New Land Writer
(1974)
Roots Writer
(1977)
(2004)

Filmography

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  Starsky & Hutch (TV Series) (characters) (announced)
 2004 Starsky & Hutch (characters)
 2001 Brian's Song (TV Movie) (story)
  Pensacola: Wings of Gold (TV Series) (creator - 64 episodes, 1997 - 2000) (written by - 4 episodes, 1997 - 1998)
- SOCEX: Final Exams (2000) ... (creator)
- Brothers (2000) ... (creator)
- Casualties of War (2000) ... (creator)
- Return to Glory (2000) ... (creator)
- Answered Prayers (2000) ... (creator)
 1996 Shaughnessy (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1996 The Boys Next Door (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Heaven Help Us (TV Series) (created by - 2 episodes, 1994) (written by - 2 episodes, 1994)
- The Badge (1994) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Pilot (1994) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1992 The Boys of Twilight (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1992)
 1990 Polly: Comin' Home! (TV Movie) (written by)
 1990 Appearances (TV Movie)
  The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1988) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1989)
- Polly (1989) ... (teleplay)
- Davy Crockett: A Natural Man (1988) ... (writer)
 1989 The Outside Woman (TV Movie) (written by)
 1989 Wild Jack (TV Mini Series) (screenplay) / (story)
 1988 Aaron's Way (TV Series) (writer)
 1986-1988 Our House (TV Series) (written by - 8 episodes)
- Trouble in Paradise: Part 1 (1988) ... (written by)
- Candles and Shadows (1987) ... (written by)
- A Silent, Fallen Tree (1987) ... (written by)
- Sounds from a Silent Clock: Part 1 (1987) ... (written by)
- Past Tense, Future Tense: Part 1 (1987) ... (written by)
  Bridges to Cross (TV Series) (1 episode, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Take a Cup of Kindness (1986) ... (written by)
 1984 Purple Rain (written by)
  Fame (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (writer - 4 episodes, 1982) (teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (story by - 1 episode, 1983)
- Knockout (1983) ... (written by)
- Gonna Learn How to Fly: Part 2 (1983) ... (written by)
- Gonna Learn How to Fly: Part 1 (1983) ... (written by)
- Not in Kansas Anymore (1983) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
- Class Act (1982) ... (writer)
  Eight Is Enough (TV Series) (developer - 112 episodes, 1977 - 1981) (written by - 2 episodes, 1977)
- Father Knows Best? (1981) ... (creator)
- Goals (1981) ... (creator)
- Starting Over (1981) ... (creator)
- The Idolbreaker: Part 2 (1981) ... (creator)
- The Idolbreaker: Part 1 (1981) ... (creator)
  American Dream (TV Series) (1 episode, 1981) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1981)
- Casey's Romance (1981) ... (teleplay by)
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie) (story)
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... (writer)
 1979 Heaven Only Knows (TV Movie)
 1979 The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Lazarus Syndrome (1979) ... (written by)
 1979 The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove (TV Series) (created by - 4 episodes)
- A Debt in the Family (1979) ... (creator)
- The Little People (1979) ... (creator)
- The Last of the Red Hot Luaus (1979) ... (creator)
  Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) (created by - 49 episodes, 1975 - 1979) (creator - 42 episodes, 1975 - 1979) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- Sweet Revenge (1979) ... (creator)
- Starsky vs. Hutch (1979) ... (creator)
- Targets Without a Badge: Part 3 (1979) ... (creator)
- Targets Without a Badge: Part 2 (1979) ... (creator)
- Targets Without a Badge: Part 1 (1979) ... (creator)
 1978 The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Movie)
 1978 A Question of Love (TV Movie)
 1978 Fast Lane Blues (TV Movie)
 1978 Stickin' Together (TV Movie)
  Hunter (TV Series) (creator - 9 episodes, 1977) (written by - 1 episode, 1976)
- Yesterday, Upon the Stair (1977) ... (creator)
- The Barking Dog (1977) ... (creator)
- The K Group: Part 2 (1977) ... (creator)
- The K Group: Part 1 (1977) ... (creator)
- The Costa Rican Connection (1977) ... (creator)
  Roots (TV Mini Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1977) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1977) (written for television by - 1 episode, 1977)
- Part IV (1977) ... (teleplay)
- Part II (1977) ... (teleplay)
- Part I (1977) ... (adaptation) / (written for television by)
  The Rookies (TV Series) (developed by - 92 episodes, 1972 - 1976) (written by - 7 episodes, 1972 - 1974) (teleplay by - 4 episodes, 1972)
- Journey to Oblivion (1976) ... (creator)
- Deliver Me from Innocence (1976) ... (creator)
- Blue Movie, Blue Death (1976) ... (creator)
- The Mugging (1976) ... (creator)
- From Out of the Darkness (1976) ... (creator)
  The New Land (TV Series) (1 episode, 1974) (writer - 2 episodes, 1974)
- The Word Is: Alternative (1974) ... (writer)
- The Word Is: Persistance (1974) ... (writer)
 1971 Brian's Song (TV Movie) (written by)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1968 - 1971) (story by - 1 episode, 1967) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1967)
- Lijah (1971) ... (written by)
- The Money Store (1968) ... (written by)
- Wonder (1967) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
 1971/II Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
  The Interns (TV Series) (developed for television by - 24 episodes, 1970 - 1971) (writer - 3 episodes, 1970) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1971) (story - 1 episode, 1971)
- The Choice (1971) ... (creator)
- Castle of the Lion (1971) ... (creator) / (teleplay)
- The Manly Art (1971) ... (creator)
- The Guardian (1971) ... (creator)
- Heart Trouble (1971) ... (creator)
  Here Come the Brides (TV Series) (written by - 5 episodes, 1968 - 1969) (writer - 1 episode, 1969)
- Far Cry from Yesterday (1969) ... (writer)
- The Deadly Trade (1969) ... (written by)
- Democracy Inaction (1969) ... (written by)
- After a Dream, Comes Mourning (1969) ... (written by)
- A Christmas Place (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Joyful Noise (1968) ... (written by)
  The Invaders (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1968) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Vise (1968) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1967 Custer (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Spirit Woman (1967) ... (written by)
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Plunder! (1967) ... (written by)
  Shane (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966)
- A Man'd Be Proud (1966) ... (writer)
- A Long Night of Mourning (1966) ... (teleplay)
- High Road to Viator (1966) ... (writer)
- Day of the Hawk (1966) ... (writer)
  Bonanza (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (written by - 2 episodes, 1965)
- The Unwritten Commandment (1966) ... (teleplay)
- All Ye His Saints (1965) ... (written by)
- A Natural Wizard (1965) ... (teleplay)
- The Debt (1965) ... (written by)
 1963-1964 My Favorite Martian (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- A Nose for News (1964) ... (written by)
- The Man on the Couch (1963) ... (written by)
 1962-1963 It's a Man's World (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Hour of Truth (1963)
 1962 Laramie (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Beyond Justice (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Incident of the Portrait (1962) ... (writer)
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Personal Details

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Commentary: "If Hollywood Takes the Credit, It Must Also Share the Blame" (Los Angeles Times) See more »

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Patricia Rust  (his death) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

It's not enough just to tell the truth. Then you're doing the History Channel. There's something to be said for that, but it may not always be compelling. And it's not enough just to be interesting, because then you're doing Paris Hilton and her elephant. You know it'll be interesting, but it's cotton candy. If you can tell the truth in an interesting way, then you accomplished something. (7 ... See more »

Trivia:

Alumnus of the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Class of 1957.

Star Sign:

Cancer

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