Film, TV writer Frank Thompson dies

Credits include 'Forced Vengeance,' 'Perry Mason'

Film and television screenwriter and writers agent Frank Thompson died Dec. 2 at his home in northern California. He was 75.

Thompson attended Harvard U. and returned to Hollywood to begin his career as a junior agent at the H.N. Swanson Agency. He later represented writers at the Ashley-Famous Agency (later ICM) and the Major Talent Agency.

Thompson also worked as a story consultant for producers including Quinn Martin, Gene Reynolds and Dean Hargrove.

As a writer, Thompson’s credits include features “Forced Vengeance” and “Standing Tall” as well as TV shows “Jake and the Fat Man,” “Perry Mason” and “Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia.”

A longtime supporter of the Writers Guild of America, Thompson was a founding member of the 13th Club, which has served as an informal lunch group for writers for the past 40 years.

Thompson is survived by a brother.

A memorial will be held Jan. 31 in Pasadena. RSVP to Ralph Gaby Wilson at 626-744-0400.

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