Prolific TV scribe Gillis dies
He wrote for Mickey Mouse Club, 'Superman,' 'Columbo'
By VARIETY STAFF
Scribe Jackson Gillis, known to Disney fans for his work on "The
Adventures of Spin and Marty" and "Hardy Boys" serials for the Mickey
Mouse Club, died Aug. 19 in Moscow, Idaho, of pneumonia. He was 93.
Gillis had a long and extensive career as a writer, starting in radio
for such shows as "The Whistler," "Let George Do It," and "The Hedda
Hopper Show." He also performed on stage in London's Westminster
Theater and then in Virginia's Barter Theater.
The Stanford U. grad served as an Army intelligence officer in the
Pacific Theater during World War II. Returning to Hollywood, he
resumed writing for radio on such shows as "Let George Do It."
He segued to television, starting with 1952's "Racket Squad,"and wrote
for such iconic shows as "Superman" "Lassie," "Perry Mason" and "The
Fugitive." A prolific writer, he also wrote episodes of "Mission:
Impossible," "Bonanza," "Knight Rider" and "Murder, She Wrote" as well
as "Lost in Space," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Wonder Woman." He wrote the
teleplay "A Stoning in Fulham County."
Gillis was nominated for an Emmy in 1971 for "Columbo," a series for
which he was a frequent contributor.
He was also the author of two detective novels, "The Killers of
Starfish" and "Chain Saw." Gillis retired from the biz in 1996, and he
and his wife, actress Patricia Cassidy moved to Moscow.
Cassidy preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, a
grandson and a brother.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.
Born: 8/21/1916, Kalama, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 8/19/2010, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A.
Jackson Gillis' westerns - screenwriter:
The Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV) - 1955
Zorro (TV) - 1957
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1958
Bronco (TV) - 1959
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1966, 1968
Bonanza (TV) - 1969
The Chisolms (TV) - 1980