Walon Green

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
This creator of superb nature and science documentaries moved on to fictional films before finding steady employment on three of the most respected TV cop shows of the 1980s and 90s. Walon Green lived a rather nomadic ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1936 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Writer (19)

Law & Order: UK 2010 (Tv Show)

Source Material

Millennium 1992 - 1997, 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)


Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)


Eraser 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)


The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)


Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)


Crusoe 1989 (Movie)


Three of a Kind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)


The Border 1980 (Movie)


The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)


The Secret Life of Plants 1978 (Movie)


Sorcerer 1977 (Movie)


The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)


Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Show)

Producer (11)

Law & Order 1992 - 1997, 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1997, 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Canterbury's Law 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


L.A. Dragnet 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


Conviction (NBC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sniper 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hellstrom Chronicle 1970 (Movie)


Killing Jesus (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Strange New World (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (3)

The Secret Life of Plants 1978 (Movie)


The Hellstrom Chronicle 1970 (Movie)


Spree (Movie)

Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Hellstrom Chronicle 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Actor (1)

The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Production Management (1)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Line Producer
Other (1)

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

(Dialogue Coach)


This creator of superb nature and science documentaries moved on to fictional films before finding steady employment on three of the most respected TV cop shows of the 1980s and 90s. Walon Green lived a rather nomadic early life. His parents divorced and remarried, often relocating as well. Raised in Beverly Hills, Green eventually attended colleges in Mexico, Germany and Spain. Returning to the USA, he joined the Air Force Reserve and there was introduced to classic films and documentaries in his spare time. After a construction job in Mexico and a brief career as a plumber, he landed a research job at Wolper Productions and began his career in earnest.

Green branched out to begin writing, producing and directing documentaries. He received two 1968/69 Emmy nominations for producing and co-writing the "National Geographic" special "Reptiles and Amphibians" and was again nominated for a 1969/70 Emmy as producer of "The Mystery of Animal Behavior" (also for "National Geographic"). In addition, Green worked on "The Amazon", "Birds", several Jacques Cousteau specials, and the Nazi-hunter documentary "Search for Vengeance". Green's feature non-fiction films included the uneven music outing "Spree" (1967, as director), his Oscar-winning look at insects, "The Hellstrom Chronicle" (1971, as producer, director and co-cinematographer), and "The Secret Life of Plants" (1978, as director and co-screenwriter).

His first fictional outing, as screenwriter with Sam Peckinpah for "The Wild Bunch" (1969), earned Green an Oscar nod. But big-screen follow-ups were disappointing. He scripted William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (1977), a disappointing remake of 1952's "The Wages of Fear", and reteamed with the director for "The Brink's Job" (1978). Green co-wrote "The Border" (1981) for his friend Jack Nicholson and worked on the script for the unsuccessful teen sci-fi drama "Solarbabies" (1986). He spent more than a decade developing "Crusoe" (1988), a revisionist version of the Defoe classic. The final film, on which he shared screenwriting credit, featured a strong leading performance from Aidan Quinn, but it opened to a mixed reception. Green also co-scripted "Robocop 2" (1990) and Charles Russell's hit thriller "Eraser" (1996). He also appeared in the tribute short "The Wild Bunch: An Album Montage" (1996).

Probably Green's biggest successes, though, have been on the small screen. Since the 1980s, he has been associated with three of the more acclaimed cop shows on TV: "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-1987), on which he served as a coordinating producer and director, "Law & Order" (NBC, from 1992-1994), as writer and co-executive producer, and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, from 1993-1996) as creative consultant. He also co-wrote the TV-movies "Strange New World" (ABC, 1975) and "Three of a Kind" (ABC, 1989), and solo-scripted the biographical miniseries "Robert Kennedy and His Times" (CBS, 1985).


El Rodeo Grammar School

Beverly Hills , California

Gottingen University

did not graduate

Barcelona University

did not graduate

University of Mexico

did not graduate

Wingate High School

North Carolina 1953

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California



Scripted "The Hi-Lo Country", directed by Stephen Frears


Joined the hit NBC medical drama "ER" as a writer and co-executive producer


Served as coordinating producer on the NBC drama series "Law & Order"


"Crusoe" produced; Green shared screenwriting credit


TV series debut as coordinating producer on NBC's "Hill Street Blues"


TV-movie debut as screenwriter and executive producer, "Strange New World" (ABC)


Produced, wrote and photographed the Oscar-winning documentary "The Hellstrom Chronicle"


Began writing, producing and directing documentaries for the National Geographic Society


Co-wrote (with director Sam Peckinpah) first feature screenplay, "The Wild Bunch"


Directed first feature documentary, "Spree"


Hired as researcher for Wolper Productions; stayed through 1970 (dates approximate)


First film credit, as dialogue coach on "Morituri"

Was creative consultant on the ABC drama "NYPD Blue"

Traveled throughout Europe; attended colleges in Germany and Spain

Began developing the script for what would later become "Crusoe", a revisionist take on the Daniel Defoe classic

When his parents re-married after sixteen years apart, moved to England with them

Moved to Beverly Hills, CA, with his mother when parents divorced

Considered a career as a plumber; instead decided to pursue career in films

Enlisted in the Air Force Reserve; met Jack Nicholson

Found work as on a construction crew in Mexico

Returned to the US