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Richard Tuber

TV writer

Richard Tuber, an Emmy-winning TV writer, died June 18 in Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 74.

His credits include episodes of “Science Fiction Theater,” “Flipper” and “Daktari.”

In the late 1960s, he won an Emmy for a public TV doc on marijuana.

He spent four years working with Ivan Tors as a writer-producer-director. He headed Tors’ scientific underwater research team for the 1966 feature “Around the World Under the Sea,” and made three trips to Kenya directing a second unit for “Daktari.” He also camped with George and Joy Adamson of “Born Free” fame. 

He wrote, directed, produced and edited a 30-minute film on Kenya’s parks and game reserves that was planned as a Christmas gift from Ivan Tors’ films company to the Kenyan government after the shooting of “Cowboy in Africa” in Nairobi.

In the early ’80s, Tuber, who had a Ph.D. in communications from USC, turned to journalism, writing features for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

He was born in Philadelphia and served in the U.S. Air Force 1950-1953.

He is survived by wife Iris’ sons, Rick, an Emmy -winning editor; Keith, an award-winning journalist; and Douglas, an Emmy-nominated writer-producer-director.

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