Joel Steiger

Joel Steiger loves a good mystery. A prolific writer and producer, he's worked on almost every major mystery and crime drama of the '80s and '90s, including "Matlock" and "Diagnosis Murder." Steiger started out as a ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1942

Filmography

Producer (38)

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Heist 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Scam 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Matlock: The Legacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Matlock: The Vacation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Me and Mom 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Producer

A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Diary of a Perfect Murder (TV Show)

Producer

Gramps (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jake and the Fatman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Writer (11)

Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Diagnosis Murder 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Writer

Max Monroe: Loose Cannon 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Remington Steele 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Two Marriages 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

The Family Tree 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Writer

Flamingo Road (TV Show)

Writer

Ryan's Four (TV Show)

Writer

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Show)

Writer

Thrill (TV Show)

From Story
Other (3)

Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Father Dowling Mysteries 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Joel Steiger loves a good mystery. A prolific writer and producer, he's worked on almost every major mystery and crime drama of the '80s and '90s, including "Matlock" and "Diagnosis Murder." Steiger started out as a writer-for-hire on prime-time soaps like "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing." After meeting fellow writer and producer Dean Hargrove on the action mystery series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," Steiger would become a key figure in Hargrove's close-knit circle of writers and directors. During the late '80s, Steiger wrote and produced the popular "Perry Mason" series of TV movies, based on the courtroom drama starring Raymond Burr, and he helped Hargrove create "Jake and the Fatman," about the difficult relationship between a hard-nosed L.A. district attorney (William Conrad) and his easygoing investigative partner, Jake Styles (Joe Penny). Between 1986 and 1995, Steiger wrote and produced over 50 episodes of "Matlock" and served as a main staff writer on "Father Dowling Mysteries," about a Catholic priest (Tom Bosley) with a knack for discovering criminal activity. He later wrote and produced the "Jake and the Fatman" spin-off series, "Diagnosis Murder," with Dick Van Dyke playing a spry doctor who helps the police solve tough cases, and the TV movie sequel, "A Town Without Pity."

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