Lester Pine

Lester Pine, prolific TV writer and one half of the husband-wife team that wrote such films as “A Man Called Adam,” died Aug. 11 of prostate cancer in Los Angeles. He was 84.

The Chicago native started as a standup comic in the late 1940s but quickly established himself as a prodigious writer during the 1950s, working on TV series such as “Mr. Lucky,” “Dobie Gillis” and “Ben Casey.”

Together with his late wife, Tina, Pine wrote the 1966 film “A Man Called Adam,” which starred Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong and Mel Torme.

The couple also penned “Popi,” which later was turned into a TV series during the 1970s featuring Hector Elizondo. Pine also served as head writer on the controversial TV series “Turn On.”

The duo also wrote “Claudine,” which earned its star, Diahann Carroll, an Oscar nom for actress in 1974.

After his wife died in 1998, he continued writing screenplays, plays and novels until his death.

He is survived by two sons and two grandsons.

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