Ted Berkman

Screenwriter, author

Screenwriter and author Ted Berkman, whose film credits include “Bedtime for Bonzo” and “Fear Strikes Out” died May 12 of cancer in Santa Barbara. He was 92.

Berkman worked as a photo assignment editor at the New York Mirror, Middle East chief of the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service and as an ABC radio correspondent in the Middle East.

In 1962, he wrote “Cast a Giant Shadow: The Story of Mickey Marcus, Who Died to Save Jerusalem,” a best-selling biography of the West Point graduate who was a military adviser to Israel during the 1948 War of Independence.

Kirk Douglas starred in a 1966 film based on the book. His 1969 book, “Sabra,” focused on a dozen Israeli fighters in the 1967 Six Day War.

Berkman’s screen credits included co-writing the story for the 1951 comedy “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring Ronald Reagan. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1957 film “Fear Strikes Out,” which starred Anthony Perkins and was based on professional baseball player Jimmy Piersall’s book about his mental illness.

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