A veteran television writer with a list of credits going back to the earliest days of the medium has died. Deadline.com reports that Mann Rubin died over the weekend in West Hills, Calif., after a long illness. He was 86.
Rubin scripted episodes of dozens of series over his long career, going back to the pioneering shows "Studio One in Hollywood" and "Tales of Tomorrow." He continued to work regularly into the 1990s.
He started out writing for comic books and penning short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine before segueing into television. His first TV writing job was for "Studio One in Hollywood," which went on the air in 1948 and was part of the first wave of popular TV shows.
Rubin later wrote for popular series including "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Knots Landing." He also taught screenwriting at USC, the report notes.
His other TV credits included "Perry Mason," "The Fugitive" and "Run for Your Life" in the 1960s, "The Rockford Files," "Mannix," "Ironside," "Baretta" and "The Bionic Woman" in the 1970s, "Dynasty" and "The Paper Chase" in the 1980s and "Dragnet" in the 1990s.