This article was corrected on July 30, 2001.

Roy E. Nemerson, film and TV writer and biographer, died June 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 55.

In 1994 Nemerson was dubbed “the most successful screenwriter you never heard of” by Entertainment Weekly: He sold several comedy screenplays to the studios, but none was made into films.

Nemerson was raised in Port Washington, N.Y., educated in New Jersey, graduated from Long Island U. with a degree in drama and spent most of his life in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 1997.

Comedy was where he found the most success. Besides his screenplays, Nemerson was a staff writer for both “The Howard Cosell Show” and “Tommy Sledge Private Eye” on Comedy Central.

From 1994-1997 he was the comedy consultant to Robert Lipsyte’s “Coping Column” in the New York Times. Nemerson also wrote a biography of Daniel Boone and several Hardy Boys installations.

He is survived by his father, brother, two nieces and a nephew.