Veteran TV screenwriter/producer Wilton Schiller has died, aged 95. Schiller passed away peacefully at his home in Studio City, California on Sunday (27Jul14).
Schiller began his career in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois as a stand-up comic and writer for radio. He served as a psychiatric assistant in the Army during World War II, and became a literary agent in Hollywood after the war ended.
He went on to write for a number of classic U.S. TV series, including The Adventures of Superman, Leave it to Beaver, Dragnet, Rawhide, Adam-12, and Lassie.
However he is best known for producing the 1967 series final of The Fugitive, which garnered a then-record breaking 78 million viewers. At the time, it was the most-watched episode in TV history, until the record was broken by the 1980 episode of Dallas which revealed who shot J.R. Ewing.
Schiller is survived by his wife of 39 years, writer/producer Patricia Payne Schiller.