A veteran television and feature film writer who worked on TV shows including “Batman” in the 1960s, “Harry O” in the 1970s and “The Streets of Beverly Hills” in the 1990s has died, the Writers Guild of America reports. Robert Dozier was 81.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s account of his death, Dozier adapted an early TV script he wrote for the show "Climax" for the "film ‘The Young Stranger’ (1957), directed by John Frankenheimer (his first feature). In the movie, James MacArthur plays a clean-cut kid ignored by his movie-producer father (James Daly)."
Dozier also wrote the feature films — “The Cardinal” (1963) and “The Big Bounce” (1969), among others. He died at his home on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass, following a long illness.
The Reporter story says: "Dozier was the son of Hollywood film and TV executive William Dozier, who produced and served as the narrator for the campy 1960s series "Batman." His wife is actress and former TV Academy President Diana Muldaur, and his stepmother is ‘Gone With the Wind’ star Ann Rutherford."
Said WGA West President Frank Pierson: “Bob was one of the fresh, new voices in the very early days of television, along with Paddy Chayefsky, Reggie Rose and other writers, when TV was what YouTube is today, when it was an absolutely free and open universe — and Bob was one of the pioneers to help make it what it did become. To those who knew him well, this is a deep, personal loss.”
Dozier’s credits included work on early TV anthologies “Four Star Playhouse,” “Front Row Center” and “The Kaiser Aluminum Hour,” followed by writing episodes of “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Thriller” and a number of other series.
The Hollywoosd Reporter story also notes, "In addition to Muldaur and Rutherford, survivors include sons Harold, Aaron and Brendan from his first marriage; his sister Deborah Dozier Potter, daughter of stepmother Joan Fontaine; and Rutherford’s daughter Gloria.
"In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dozier’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for Prostate Cancer Research, care of Dr. Taplin, or the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. Details of a memorial service were pending."