Lawrence Menkin, a longtime entertainment executive and writer of episodic TV died Tuesday July 18 from pneumonia complications at Mission Skilled Nursing Home in Santa Clara, Calif. He was 88.
Menkin, who won the Variety show management award in 1952 for the then-Dumont net’s “Mono-Drama Theatre,” was a pioneer in radio, in the 1930s, going on to write such popular radio fare as “The Green Hornet” and “The Lone Ranger” in the 1940s.
Menkin was the story editor for early series including “Perry Mason,” “Rawhide” and “California Patrol,” and he wrote various episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “Outer Limits,” “Bonanza” and “Dragnet.”
An early Dumont and NBC TV net exec and producer of the 1953-54 TV series “Harlem Detective,” Menkin also did two movie cameos, “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986) with Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988) with Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen. He also taught acting for a number of his retirement years at his Larry Menkin’s actors studio.
He is survived by his three sons.