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Richard Alan Simmons

TV writer-producer

Emmy-nommed TV writer-producer Richard Alan Simmons died November 13 in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 80.

Simmons was best known for the 1961 TV script for “The Price of Tomatoes” episode on “The Dick Powell Show,” which was nommed for a writing Emmy and won an Emmy for star Peter Falk.

Born in Toronto, he moved to California after graduating college, where wrote news and radio series for NBC Radio. During the 1950s, he wrote a number of feature Westerns and comedies, including “The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown” and “The Lady Wants Mink.”

After starting his collaboration with Falk on “The Dick Powell Show,” which also starred thesps such as Joan Crawford and Robert Redford, Simmons continued his writing and producing collaboration with Falk on “The Trials of O’Brien” and later on “Columbo,” for which he was also nominated for an Emmy.

Active in the Writers Guild of America, Simmons served on its board for several terms (1973-74, 1975-77 and 1970-73).

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily; three children and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Pierce Bros., 1218 Glendon Avenue in Westwood.

Donations may be made to the World Jewish Congress or the American Diabetes Association.

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