'Mission' vet wrote miniseries, telepics

Writer/producer Laurence Heath died Jan. 9 at his home in Brentwood, Calif.  He was 78.  

Born in New York, Heath graduated from NYU and Yale Drama School and wrote training films while serving in the Air Force.

Heath was a writer and producer of the “Mission Impossible” TV series and went on to write several miniseries and telepics during the ’80s including “Seventh Avenue,” “Valley of the Dolls,” “The Memory of Eva Ryker,” “Sins,” “Christopher Colombus” and “Dazzle.”

He also created pilots for several series including “Most Wanted,” “Code Red” and “The Magician”; wrote and produced episodes of “Dynasty” and “Murder, She Wrote,” and wrote the feature “Triumph of the Spirit.”

His is survived by a daughter and two sons.

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