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Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly, a prolific playwright whose works included “Terror by Gaslight” and “The Butler Did It,” died Dec. 7 of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Laurel Canyon. He was 67.

Kelly’s work includes nearly 400 plays in print, making him one of the most prolific playwrights of all time. His scripts were represented by every major play publishing house, including Samuel French, Dramatist Play Service and Baker’s Plays.

Born in Saugus, Mass., Kelly was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War.

He worked as a journalist and drama critic in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s before turning to television writing for “Bonanza” and “High Chaparral.” His career as a playwright took off in the 1970s.

Along with his original mystery works, Kelly did stage adaptations of “Les Miserables,” “Frankenstein,” and “MASH.”

He was recognized with numerous honors, including the Nederlander Playwrighting award, several Drama-logue awards, and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Kelly is survived by two sisters.

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