Prolific TV scribe Gillis dies

He wrote for Mickey Mouse Club, 'Superman,' 'Columbo'

Scribe Jackson Gillis, known to Disney fans for his work on “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” and “Hardy Boys” serials for the Mickey Mouse Club, died Aug. 19 in Moscow, Idaho, of pneumonia. He was 93.

Gillis had a long and extensive career as a writer, starting in radio for such shows as “The Whistler,” “Let George Do It,” and “The Hedda Hopper Show.” He also performed on stage in London’s Westminster Theater and then in Virginia’s Barter Theater.

The Stanford U. grad served as an Army intelligence officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Returning to Hollywood, he resumed writing for radio on such shows as “Let George Do It.”

He segued to television, starting with 1952’s “Racket Squad,”and wrote for such iconic shows as “Superman” “Lassie,” “Perry Mason” and “The Fugitive.” A prolific writer, he also wrote episodes of “Mission: Impossible,” “Bonanza,” “Knight Rider” and “Murder, She Wrote” as well as “Lost in Space,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Wonder Woman.” He wrote the teleplay “A Stoning in Fulham County.”

Gillis was nominated for an Emmy in 1971 for “Columbo,” a series for which he was a frequent contributor.

He was also the author of two detective novels, “The Killers of Starfish” and “Chain Saw.” Gillis retired from the biz in 1996, and he and his wife, actress Patricia Cassidy moved to Moscow.

Cassidy preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, a grandson and a brother.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.

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