Hollywood producer and TV writer George Eckstein
has died, aged 81.
Eckstein co-wrote the final episode of 1960s TV series The Fugitive
- one of the most watched TV episodes in U.S. history.
He also wrote 10 episodes of the drama, and served as associate producer and co-producer on the series.
He later produced Steven Spielberg
's 1971 TV movie Duel
, The Billy Barnes
Revue on Broadway and worked as a casting director and business manager before continuing his stellar TV career.
In addition to his credits on The Fugitive
, Eckstein produced movies for the small screen including Amelia Earhart
and Tail Gunner Joe
. He executive produced TV miniseries Masada
and TV series Love, Sidney.
His work on The Untouchables
launched his TV writing career. He later wrote for series including Dr. Kildare
, The Invaders
and TV movie Perry Mason.
Eckstein was a former board member of the Writers Guild of America and a founding member and a former chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors.
He died on Saturday in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, actress Selette Cole
, three daughters and two granddaughters.