Worked on 'Murder She Wrote,' 'Colombo'

Emmy Golden Globe-winning TV producer Robert F. O’Neill, who produced series including “Murder She Wrote” and “Colombo,” died Oct. 23 in West Hills, Calif. of complications from colon cancer.

Funeral services include a rosary at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 and a 10:00 a.m. funeral mass on Friday, Nov. 2 at St. Mel’s Catholic Church in Woodland Hills.

O’Neill served as supervising producer and producer for of Universal Television’s series from the 1960s through the 1990s, receiving two Golden Globes for “Murder She Wrote” and an Emmy for “Columbo.”

O’Neill also produced “Quincy,” “Mission Impossible,” “Gemini Man,” for which he also scripted an episode; “The Invisible Man,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Memories Never Die,” “Darkroom” and “The NBC Mystery Movie.”

He was producer for the miniseries “Arthur Hailey’s Wheels,” and “The Last Convertible,” as well as “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes,” “Women in White,” Irwin Shaw’s “Evening in Byzantium,” “Riding with Death,” “Maneater” and “Beg, Borrow, or Steal.”

Born in Hollywood, he graduated Loyola U. before beginning his career at Desilu Prods.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marlene; six children and seven grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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