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TV producer Robert Foster dies at 73

Wrote 'Knight Rider,' 'Dead Bang'

TV and film writer-producer Robert Foster died May 30 from brain cancer in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 73.

Foster started in show business in the Universal mailroom in the early 1960s. By late in the decade he had begun writing for television, penning episodes of “Run for Your Life,” “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers” and later “Kojak” and working as story editor on “Hawaii Five-O” in 1969-70 and “Mod Squad” in 1970-71.

He went on to become a television writing producer on “Kate McShane,” “The New Maverick,” “Chicago Story” and “Knight Rider.”

In 1988, he wrote his first telepic, HBO’s “Clinton and Nadine,” starring Andy Garcia and Ellen Barkin; the next year saw the Foster-scripted feature film “Dead Bang,” directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Don Johnson. He was also co-exec producer.

Foster wrote the 1992 CBS telepic “The Price She Paid,” with Loni Anderson, and the 2007 action film “The Contractor,” starring Wesley Snipes.

Foster was born in Los Angeles; his father was an accountant at Universal Studios.

He married and divorced twice. Foster is survived by two daughters and two granchildren.

Donations may be made to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif.

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