Lorenzo Semple Jr. (1923–2014)

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Lorenzo Semple Jr. was born on March 27, 1923 in New Rochelle, New York, USA as Lorenzo Elliott Semple III. He is known for his work on Three Days of the Condor (1975), Flash Gordon (1980) and Pretty Poison (1968). He was married to Joyce Miller and Ann Somers. He died on March 28, 2014 in Brentwood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Flash Gordon Writer
(1980)
Pretty Poison Writer
(1968)
(1983)

Filmography

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 2018-2020 Condor (TV Series) (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by - 20 episodes)
- The Road We Take (2020) ... (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by)
- Not Necessarily to Lose (2020) ... (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by)
- The Greatest Hazard (2020) ... (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by)
- A Perspective, Not the Truth (2020) ... (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by)
- An Offer of Enrollment (2020) ... (based on the screenplay 'Three Days of the Condor' by)
 2020 Scripts Gone Wild Batman 1966 (Video) (written by)
 2017/I Papillon (based upon the 1973 screenplay "Papillon" by)
 2016 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (television series)
 1996 Pretty Poison (TV Movie) (earlier screenplay)
 1993 Rapture (TV Movie) (teleplay - as Lorenzo Semple)
 1984 The Bengal Lancers! (co-writer)
 1984 Rearview Mirror (TV Movie)
 1984 Sheena (screenplay)
 1983 Never Say Never Again (screenplay)
 1980 Flash Gordon (screenplay)
 1979 Hurricane (writer)
 1976 King Kong (screenplay)
 1975 Three Days of the Condor (screenplay by)
 1975 The Drowning Pool (screenplay)
 1974 The Parallax View (screenplay)
 1973 Papillon (screenplay)
 1971 The Sporting Club (screenplay)
 1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (screenplay)
 1968 Pretty Poison (screenplay by)
  Batman (TV Series) (developed by - 120 episodes, 1966 - 1968) (written by - 14 episodes, 1966) (teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1967)
- Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (1968) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra (1968) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Joker's Flying Saucer (1968) ... (creator - uncredited)
- I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle (1968) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Great Train Robbery (1968) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1967 Fathom (screenplay)
 1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- You're Only Young Twice (1967) ... (writer)
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Beautiful Dreamer: Part 2 (1966) ... (written by)
- Beautiful Dreamer: Part 1 (1966) ... (written by)
 1966 The Rat Patrol (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Chase of Fire Raid (1966) ... (written by)
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Thompson's Ghost (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Thompson's Ghost (TV Movie)
 1966 Batman (television series - uncredited) / (written by)
  Burke's Law (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Who Killed the Rest? (1965) ... (writer)
- Who Killed the Toy Soldier ? (1965) ... (written by)
- Who Killed Supersleuth? (1964) ... (written by)
- Who Killed Cassandra Cass? (1964) ... (written by)
 1964 The Rogues (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Death of a Fleming (1964) ... (written by)
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Knight's Gambit (1964) ... (teleplay)
 1961 The Honeymoon Machine (play "The Golden Fleecing")
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Epitaph for a Golden Girl (1958) ... (teleplay)
  Target (TV Series) (original story - 1 episode, 1958) (written by - 1 episode, 1958) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958)
- Money Go Round (1958) ... (original story) / (written by)
- Four Against Three Millions (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Buckskin (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- China Boy (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Golden Fleecing (1958) ... (play)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Archangel Harrigan (1956) ... (written by)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Laugh It Off (1953) ... (teleplay)
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His play, "Golden Fleecing," was performed at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. Ralph Senesky was director. See more »

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3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lorenzo Semple

Spouse:

Joyce Miller  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

I think Batman [TV series] was the best thing I ever wrote, including those big movies. As a whole work, it came out the way that I wanted it to, and I was excited by it.

Trivia:

He wrote the "bible" for "Batman's" other writers. (For example, Batman should never be shown breaking the law, not even to park in a no-parking zone during a crime-fighting emergency.) Semple came up with the idea for interspersing the show's fight scenes with colorful Pow! Zap! and Kapow! graphics. He named every device the "Bat"-this or the "Bat"-that. Robin's trademark "Holy (Fill in the ... See more »

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