Jackson Gillis

Jackson Gillis was a screenwriter who specialized in television dramas during the first thirty years of the medium's history. A Stanford graduate and World War II veteran, Gillis began writing for radio after his ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1916 in Kalama, Washington, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story Editor

Murder in Malibu 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Murder: A Self-Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story Consultant

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story Editor

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story Editor

Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Story Editor

Grand Deceptions 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Story Consultant

Sex and the Married Detective 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Story Consultant

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Writer

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979, 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Writer

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Paris 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Writer

Columbo 1971 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Caribe 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Mannix 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1964 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer

The Adventures of Superman 1952 (TV Show)

Writer

A Stoning in Fulham County (TV Show)

Screenplay

Assault on the Wayne (TV Show)

Writer

Cannon (TV Show)

Writer

Code Red (TV Show)

Writer

Columbo Cries Wolf (TV Show)

Story Editor

Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (TV Show)

Screenplay

Perry Mason (TV Show)

Writer

The Man Who Died Twice (TV Show)

Screenplay

Time Travelers (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

Jackson Gillis was a screenwriter who specialized in television dramas during the first thirty years of the medium's history. A Stanford graduate and World War II veteran, Gillis began writing for radio after his discharge. As radio declined he made the switch to television, with 1953's "I'm the Law" starring George Raft being his first regular assignment. In the same year, he began working for "Adventures of Superman", contributing 15 episodes over the first four seasons. He worked on other kid's adventure shows in the '50s as well, writing episodes of "Lassie" and two serials that ran on "The Micky Mouse Club": "The Adventures of Spin and Marty" and "The Hardy Boys". Gillis wrote episodes and eventually served as an associate producer for the courtroom drama "Perry Mason" between '61 and '65. He wrote multiple episodes of "Lost in Space" and "Tarzan" during the '60s but found the most acclaim for his work on the long-running detective series "Columbo", writing for the show in the '70s and serving as a story consultant in its late '80s revival. He continued contributing scripts for television until his retirement in the mid-'80s. Gillis died at the age of 93 while retired in Moscow, Idaho.

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