Warren Douglas, longtime actor and screenwriter, died Nov. 15 of heart failure in Jackson, Calif. He was 86.
A native of Minneapolis, he moved to Manhattan in the late 1930s and subsequently toured the East Coast with the Oxford Players, a company that included E.G. Marshall.
Douglas relocated to Hollywood in the mid-1940s. He landed on the Warner Bros. lot, where he appeared in “Destination Tokyo,” “The Man I Love,” “The Pride of the Marines” and the Oscar-winning short film “I Won’t Play.”
He later landed feature roles at Republic and Allied Artists Studios, including “The Magnificent Rogue,” “County Fair,” “Cuban Fireball” and “Homicide for Three.”
In the early 1950s, Douglas segued from acting to screenwriting with feature credits including “Cry Vengeance,” “Jack Slade” and “The Night of the Grizzly.”
He also wrote episodes for many popular TV series, such as “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Cheyenne,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Laramie” and “Wyatt Earp.”
A Western buff, he also penned two novels, “The Man From Wells Fargo” and “One Came Alone.” Douglas also wrote the book and lyrics for three musical stage productions — “The Peaceful Palace,” “Belle Starr,” which toured England and Scotland in 1963 starring Betty Grable, and “Go for Your Gun,” which played in London and Las Vegas in 1968.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and a daughter, Ann.
Family suggests donations in Douglas’ name be made to the Actors Fund, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.