Noel Behn, a novelist, TV writer and theatrical producer who helped develop the Off Broadway theater movement, died July 20 in New York City of a heart attack following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70.
A vet of the Army’s counterintelligence corps, Behn was a member of New York’s theater community for more than 40 years, being a producing director of several musicals and plays at the Cherry Lane Theater.
He authored seven books, two of which were made into feature films: 1970’s “The Kremlin Letter,” based on his novel, and 1978’s “The Brinks Job” based on his nonfiction “The Big Stick-Up at Brinks.”
Behn’s TV contributions included scriptwriting for “Tattingers” and work as a creative consultant for seven seasons on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He additionally co-wrote six episodes for “Homicide,” and his script “A Many Splendored Thing” received a 1994 Writers Guild award nomination for drama series.
A friend of Woody Allen’s, Behn appeared in two of Allen’s films, “Stardust Memories” (1980) and “Another Woman” (1988).
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy.