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Stephen Schneck

Stephen Schneck, a screenwriter and novelist, died Nov. 26 in Palm Springs after a lengthy battle with a rare form of lymphoma. He was 63.

Schneck, a New York City native, began his career as a journalist with Ramparts and Mother Jones magazine, which began publishing in the 1960s.

His first novel, “The Night Clerk” was published in 1965. Following his second novel, “Nocturnal Vaudeville,” he produced a short experimental film in San Francisco and then turned to screenwriting.

Subsequent feature films penned by Schneck included “Welcome to Blood City,” which garnered first prize at the 1976 Paris Science Fiction Film Festival, “High-Ballin,” which starred Peter Fonda, “Inside Out” and “Across the Moon.”

TV credits included episodes of “All in the Family,” “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “Cheers” and “In the Heat of the Night.”

Schneck is survived by his wife, Hadwig, a son and daughter, a brother and sister.

Funeral services were private.

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