Paul Manning, one of the original Emmy-winning writers and supervising producers for “ER,” died in Sherman Oaks January 2 of colorectal cancer. He was 45.
A memorial for Manning will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
Paul got his first break on network television as a writer for “L.A. Law.” He left “ER” after its first three seasons to write and produce pilots for Warner Brothers over the next three years.
After a three-year sabbatical during which he traveled with his family, took boxing and acting lessons, taught writing to disadvantaged youths, and experimented with short stories, a play, and other forms of writing, he returned to TV.
He became an executive consultant to the Aaron Spelling-Icon-CBS series “Clubhouse” and recently completed the outline for Imagine Television and CBS for a show about a small-time cop dealing with big-time crime in Hawaii.
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Paul was born in Madison, Wisc., grew up in Bethesda, Md., graduated from the University of Wisconsin and worked in video production in Bethesda before attending the AFI.
He is survived by his wife Rebeca, two children, two brothers and his parents.
Donations may be made to The Paul Manning Memorial Fund at the International Medical Corps, 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90404