True Eames Boardman, actor-writer who started as a child thesp on the silent screen and went on to help found Armed Forces Radio and was active in WGA, SAG and AMPAS, died Monday, July 28 in Pebble Beach, Calif., from pancreatic cancer. He was 94.

Only child of American theatrical and film actress Virginia Eames and early action-adventure star True Boardman (who starred in many silent action films and serials during the early 1900s), Seattle native made his own acting debut onstage with his parents when he was just a few weeks old.

He literally grew up in and with Hollywood and worked as a youngster in films with both Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

While Boardman never relinquished his love of acting, much of his career was devoted to writing. With a bachelor’s degree in English litand Spanish from UCLA and a master’s in theater from Occidental College, Boardman became a major writer for virtually all of the leading stars in the heydey of radio.

In the late 30s he was chief writer for Silver Theater, a radio showcase of big-name stars, notably Jimmy Stewart, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable. He was honored in the radio seasons of 1938-39 and ’39-40 for creating some of radio’s top dramas. He acted and directed as well.

A few years later, he became a lieutenant colonel inthe Army, helping direct the Armed Forces Radio Service. By the early ’50s his career was challenged by McCarthy-era whispers and a listing in the Cold War witch-hunting publication Red Channels.

In the meantime, Boardman became a successful writer for such memorable television shows as “The Virginian,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and for films “Pardon My Sarong” for Abbot & Costello and “Lassie, the Painted Hills,” among others.

Among many distinctions, Boardman wrote the first dramatic television show telecast in Hollywood, on Dec. 24, 1946. He was also an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, where he served as chairman of the documentary committee for nearly a decade.

Boardman was similarly involved with the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America, which presented him with its Valentine Davies Award for lifetime achievement.

Boardman continued his showbiz endeavors until several months before his death, particularly conceiving, researching, writing and starring in a one-man show of Ralph Waldo Emerson; teaching Hollywood history at Monterey Peninsula College; and performing for corporate auds with his presentation “Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

He is survived by wife Kathleen Gilmour Boardman, two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren

A public memorial service will take place 3 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Unitarian Univeralist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel, Calif.

Donations may be made to Childreach, 155 Plan Way, P.O. Box 1015, Warwick, RI 02887-1015, www.childreach.org.