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TV writer Robert Guy Barrows dies

Wrote for 'Mission Impossible,' 'Bonanza'

Robert Guy Barrows, a frequent television writer during the 1960s, died Jan. 31 following complications from cancer surgery in Pueblo, Colo. He was 81.

Barrows was born in Fort Collins, Colo. and served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II. After the war he attended the U. of Colorado and UCLA.

He later taught playwriting and theater arts at NYU and UCLA and worked in the theater in New York in the 1950s.

In the late 1960s and early 70s, Barrows and his second wife Judith Friedman Barrows wrote for television shows including “Mission Impossible,” “Daniel Boone,” “Bonanza” and “Green Hornet.”

In the late 60s they produced the Michael McClure play “The Beard” which led to nightly arrests on profanity charges, the burning of the theater, and an eventual win in a landmark free speech case. In 1967 they sold the screenplay “Buffalo Man.” Judith died in Los Angeles in 1970.

A lifetime member of the Writer’s Guild, he continued writing books and screenplays, and later self-produced several low-budget independent films with his fourth wife Jeri Wacaster.

Barrows is survived by his wife Jeri; five sons; a daughter; a stepdaughter; a grandson; a granddaughter; a brother and a sister.

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