David P. Lewis, a television pioneer who began his career in advertising in New York City, died Oct. 25 after a short illness.
He was 83.
Lewis wrote, directed and produced one of television’s first network soap operas. He went on to write for numerous TV shows, including “Columbo,””Indict and Convict,””McMillan and Wife” and “Planet of the Apes. He also wrote the feature film “City on Fire.”
In recent years, Lewis has been an active member of the Writers Guild West.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Gregory Lewis, daughter Clardy and three grandchildren.