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Emmy-Nominated Writer and Producer Behind ‘Star Trek’ Dies

Dec 6, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A veteran screenwriter whose long list of TV credits includes writing and producing episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series along with “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Mr Novak,” “Laredo,” “Run for Your Life,” “Combat!” and many other shows has died.

John D.F. Black died Nov. 29 of natural causes at home in Woodland Hills, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 85.

Black, who was an associate producer on 10 episodes of “Star Trek” back in 1966, was nominated for an Emmy in 1972 for his teleplay for the Richard Crenna-Angie Dickinson TV movie “Thief.”

His other TV credits included writing for “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Room 222,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the original “Hawaii Five-0.”

Black wrote the original 1966 “Star Trek” episode “The Naked Time,” on which he also served as associate producer.

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