Michael Gleason, who co-created “Remington Steele” and had numerous TV writing and producing credits, died Oct. 21 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 78.
The news was announced on Gleason’s Facebook page over the weekend.
Gleason is best known for his work on NBC’s “Remington Steele,” which he co-created with Robert Butler, and ran from 1982 to 1987. Gleason also served as a producer and writer on the show. The series followed a detective, played by Stephanie Zimbalist, who ends up partnering with a former thief, Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan). After the show, Brosnan’s career took off, as he became the fifth actor to play James Bond in 1994.
Born in Brooklyn, Gleason attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and moved to Hollywood with his writing partner William Blinn.
Gleason got his start as a writer in 1962, working on Westerns such as “Rawhide,” “Laramie,” and “The Big Valley.” In 1965, he began writing for ABC soap opera “Peyton’s Place,” and would go on to rack up dozens of writing credits on the show up until 1968.
He also wrote for “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Cannon,” “Marcus Welby,” M.D.,” and “Sons and Daughters” and had producing credits on “McCloud.”
Among Gleason’s other writing and producing credits were “Murphy’s Law,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Police Academy: The Series,”and “Charmed.”
In 2013, Gleason released his literary debut, “Working Dirty,” which follows fictional disgraced ex-cop Nick Fallon.
He is survived by his wife Jan; eight children; seven grandchildren; and a brother.
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