Christopher Lofton, a longtime TV writer whose body of work included a bulk of telepics, died May 11 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 62.
At the time of his death, he was working on “The Buffalo Soldier,” a project in development for Lifetime Television about a couple’s grievance over the loss of their twin daughters.
Lofton’s forte lied in adapting novels for television. His most recent work, “Steve Martini’s The Judge” premiered as a two part series during the May 2001 sweeps on NBC, attracting 10 million viewers. Telepic, which centered around the unscrupulous, actions of a courtroom judge, headlined Edward James Olmos, Charles During, and Chris Noth.
Additional telepic adaptations included Karen Cushman’s “The Ballad of Lucy Whipple” starring Glenn Close, Mary Higgins Clark’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” with Meredith Baxter and Jack London’s “Call of the Wild” headlining Rick Schroeder.
Lofton’s single feature credit was the screenplay for the 1996 Miramax feature “Robinson Crusoe” which starred Pierce Brosnan.
Prior to writing, Lofton paved a path into showbiz as a soap opera actor, playing the first husband of Susan Lucci’s character Eric Kane on ABC’s “All My Children.”
“What made Christopher a great writer was the fact that he was an actor himself. He understood actors and character arcs, and that’s what made his scripts unique,” said Craig Anderson, a producer on Lofton’s projects over the past 10 years.
Lofton is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia, and his two brothers James and Brad Wines.