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Max Hodge, 91, TV writer

Scribe created character 'Mr. Freeze' for 'Batman'

TV writer Max Hodge, who created the character “Mr. Freeze” for the “Batman” TV series, died Aug. 17 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 91.

Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10:45 a.m. at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.

He was raised in Illinois and Michigan, graduated from the U. of Michigan and served in the Navy during WWII.

After the war, he attended the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts and became a producer and writer for Oldsmobile’s industrial shows during the 1950s, some of which starred Bob Fosse, Gwen Verden, Chita Rivera, and Florence Henderson.

Hodge wrote for TV programs of 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s including Dr. Kildare,” “Batman,” “Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Wild Wild West,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Ironside,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Waltons” and “Chips.”

He may be most remembered for the creation of the character “Mr. Freeze”, played by Otto Preminger in three “Batman” episodes in 1966.

There were no immediate survivors.

Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

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