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Earl Hamner Jr., Creator of ‘The Waltons’ and ‘Falcon Crest,’ Dead at 92. He Also Wrote 8 Episodes of the Original ‘Twilight Zone’

Mar 25, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Veteran TV writer and producer Earl Hamner jr., who created a number of TV shows including “The Waltons” and “Falcon Crest,” has died. The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va., reports that Hamner died Thursday at age 92.

Hamner had reportedly been diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

“Hamner’s novel ‘Spencer’s Mountain,’ inspired by his experiences growing up in Nelson County during the Great Depression, served as the basis for ‘The Waltons,’ the famous family drama from the 1970s,” the paper reports.

Hamner wrote eight scripts for the beloved 1960s sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone,” including well-remembered episodes such as “You Drive,” “Stopover in a Quiet Town” and “The Bewitchin’ Pool.” He also created “Falcon Crest,” along with the short-lived series “Apple’s Way” and “Boone.”

earl hamner jr-archive of american televisionEarl Hamner Jr., in an interview for the Archive of American Television

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