Screenwriter and playwright Jan Hartman died Nov. 9 in Wareside, Hertfordshire, England. He was 66.
Hartman won three Emmy Awards for writing and children’s program for the ABC movies, “Late Great Me,” and “Hewitt’s Just Different.” In addition, he won the WGA Award for radio play of the year for “The Next War.”
He wrote the original play, “The Winter Visitor,” adapted for a TV movie version starring Julie Andrews and James Garner in 1999.
In addition, Hartman wrote numerous PBS and UK television documentaries, including “Callas” (Primetime Television) “Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult” (PBS American Masters); “The Story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta,” (Tele-Hachette); “The Herman Graebe Story,” (CBS) and “The Great Wallendas,”(NBC).
His plays include “The American War Crimes Trial,” staged at the Long Wharf Theater; “A Winter Visitor,” sold to HBO; and “Bartholomew Fair,” performed at the American Theater, Los Angeles.
He also served as an adjunct professor at the NYU Tisch School and taught dramatic writing at The Method Studio, London; The New School and at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.
He is survived by his wife, Stacey McNutt, two daughters and two grandchildren.