Harold Gast

Television writer, producer

Television writer and producer Harold Gast died Dec. 28 in Los Angeles of pneumonia. He was 85.

Gast began his career writing New York-based radio shows such as “Front Page Farrell” and “Real Stories From Real Life.” He then began writing for television shows including “Armstrong Circle Theater,” “U.S. Steel Hour” and “The Defenders.”

After relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, he wrote for “Dr. Kildare,” “Ben Casey” and “I Spy.” Gast also worked on several crime and legal shows, including “Judd for the Defense” and “Cannon,” both of which he later produced, as well as “The Untouchables” and “The Felony Squad.”

He wrote and produced several miniseries, including “Guilty or Innocent,” “Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case,” “The Jesse Owens Story,” “From Here to Eternity” and “A Woman Called Golda,” which won an Emmy Award in 1982. He was a member of the Writers Guild of America, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Dramatists Guild.

Gast is survived by his wife, Paulette; a daughter and a son; and four grandchildren.

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