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Robert Lewin

Oscar-nommed film and TV writer

TV and film writer Robert Lewin, Oscar-nommed for his first motion picture screenplay, “The Bold and the Brave,” died Aug. 28 in Santa Monica. He was 84.

Born in New York, Lewin served four years in World War II and then graduated from Yale.

After starting as a script reader for Warner Bros. in New York, he worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and Life magazine. In 1951 he formed PR firm Lewin, Kaufman, Schwartz with Leonard Kaufman and Marvin Schwartz.

Lewin’s film and television career began in 1956, when his original screenplay, based on his experiences as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, was nominated for an Oscar; pic starred Mickey Rooney and Wendell Corey.

Lewin went on to win awards and nominations from the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for both his writing and producing. He won WGA writing awards two years in a row for episodes of “Judd for the Defense” in 1968 and 1969.

As a producer, he was nominated for Emmys for “The Paper Chase” in 1979 and for “Baretta” starring Robert Blake in 1976. The 1985 telepic “A Reason to Live,” which Lewin wrote and produced, was applauded by critics.

Lewin was supervising producer of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” among other series.

Other writing credits include the telepic “Seizure: The Kathy Morris Story” and scripts for “Kung Fu,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Fugitive,” “Rawhide” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Gunsmoke,” “The FBI,” “Cannon,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “McMillan and Wife.”

He wrote, independently produced and directed the feature “Third of a Man” in 1962, which screened at the Venice Film Fest.

Lewin is survived by daughters Cheryl and Lian and son James, a musician, as well as a sister and four grandchildren. Family requests memorial donations be sent to the Democratic National Committee, 10350 Santa Monica Blvd., #330, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

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