TV writer-producer-director Philip DeGuere, Jr. died Jan. 24 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 60.
DeGuere was the creator and producer of “Simon and Simon,” which ran on CBS from 1981 to 1988. He was also a producer-writer of series including “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1977), “Whiz Kids” (1983), “The New Twilight Zone” (1985), “Max Headroom,” (1987), “Marker” (1994), and “Air America” (1998). His other writing credits range from “Alias Smith and Jones,” “Dr. Strange” and “Barretta” to “Magnum P.I.”
He most recently was a writer-producer on “JAG” and “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.”
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from Stanford University and was hired by Universal on the basis of his senior project.
He was among the first Hollywood filmmakers to embrace new computer technology, creating a model for tracking daily progress of production for “Simon and Simon,” a concept that was later adopted throughout the industry.
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During his early years in Hollywood he worked with such producer-writers and filmmakers as Roy Huggins (his mentor at Universal), Don Bellisario and Stephen Cannell, whom he credits as role models.
He is survived by wife Alison and three daughters.
Donations may be made to Project Avary, 1018 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901.