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Sidney Ellis, 89, writer

Wrote 'Outer Limits,' 'Combat'

Sidney Ellis, who wrote for TV shows from the 1950s to the 1980s, died Sept. 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 89.

Ellis began his career in New York in the 1950s, where he wrote for “I Spy,” adventure series “Captain Grief” and courtroom drama “The Verdict is Yours.”

Moving to Los Angeles in 1960, he wrote for series including “Bonanza,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “Combat,” “The Fugitive” and “The Outer Limits.” During the 1970s and 80s, he was story editor and supervising producer on “Baretta,” “The A-Team” and “Hunter.”

Born in New York, he grew up in a family that worked in Yiddish theater, which helped inform his writing.

He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Cal Parents Fund, c/o Dawn Kobata, Annual Programs, University Relations, University of California, Berkeley, 2080 Addison St. #4200, Berkeley, CA 94720.

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