Robert J. Easter, feature film and TV writer, died July 24 in his sleep at home in Los Angeles of complications from melanoma. He was 57.He had recently been undergoing treatment at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Easter attended Center College in Danville, Ky., on an athletic and academic scholarship. His college years also saw him performing standup comedy and working as an advertising copywriter before serving as a combat Marine during the Vietnam war. After military service, Easter settled in Los Angeles to write feature and TV scripts. In 1978 Easter penned the premiere episode of the NBC-TV series “Richie Brokelman, Private Eye,” a spinoff from “The Rockford Files.” That same year, he scripted the indie feature “The Toolbox Murders.” Additional film credits included “Out for Blood,” “Red Sun Rising” and “Sworn to Justice.” In recent years, he wrote the comedy “Just Sue Me,” starring Tom Arnold, and “Kiss Toledo Goodbye,” starring Christopher Walken. He is survived by his wife, Neva Friedenn. Contributions in his name may be made to Medical Oncology Research, c/o John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 560, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
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