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Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Dies — He May Have Created at Least One TV Show You Loved

Apr 27, 2015  •  Post A Comment

An Oscar-nominated screenwriter who was a part of a dynastic Hollywood family has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Don M. Mankiewicz died Saturday at his home in Monrovia, Calif.

His son said the 93-year-old Mankiewicz did of congestive heart failure.

Mankiewicz was part of a well-known Hollywood family that included his father, Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote the script for “Citizen Kane,” and his uncle, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed a number of classic films including “All About Eve.”

Don Mankiewicz received an Oscar nomination for his script for the 1958 film “I Want to Live!” He also created the TV series “Ironside” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He wrote for “Schlitz Playhouse,” “Studio One in Hollywood” and “Playhouse 90,” among many other shows, in the early TV days.

His later credits included “MacGyver,” “Simon & Simon” and “McMillan & Wife.”

“Don Mankiewicz grew up in Beverly Hills. At Halloween, he later joked, he and his brother, Frank — who became an aide to Robert F. Kennedy and head of National Public Radio — sat in the backseat of the family limo while their chauffeur knocked on doors and asked for candy. His parents’ dinner guests included the Marx Brothers and Greta Garbo,” the Times reports.

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