One of the most successful television writer/producers in the business, who created or co-created almost 40 TV shows, has died of complications from melanoma, the AP reports.
Stephen J. Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena.
Cannell was the creator of "The Rockford Files," "The A Team," "Wiseguy" and "The Commish," among other hit programs. He was also behind “Baretta,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Hardcastle and McCormick” and “21 Jump Street.”
In addition to his TV work, Cannell was also a novelist.
He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Marcia, three children and three grandchildren.