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Herb Meadow

Film and television writer Herb Meadow, whose career spanned more than 60 years and who was a co-creator of the CBS series “Have Gun Will Travel,” died March 1 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 83.

Meadow started his career as a radio announcer at WMIL Brooklyn. He moved to Hollywood on the advice of Mervyn LeRoy, who gave Meadow the job of writing the first screenplay of “The Robe.” A dozen film scripts followed, including “The Strange Woman,” “The Master of Ballantrae” starring Errol Flynn, “Sally and St. Ann” with Ann Blyth, and “Everything But the Truth” with Maureen O’Hara.

After the success of “Have Gun Will Travel,” Meadow devoted himself to TV writing. He developed “Arrest and Trial,” the first TV series to run 90 minutes; developed and produced the series “Man From Blackhawk”; and wrote the pilot for “Movin’ On.”

At the time of his death, Meadow had his recent screenplay, “Anne of the Spanish Main,” in pre-production at Miramax.

Survivors include a son and two grandchildren. Services will be announced.

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