William Blinn

Screenwriter, Producer
Highly acclaimed writer and producer William Blinn had success in multiple genres, creating the detective show "Starsky and Hutch" and writing for the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots". He began his career in the 1960s ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1937

Filmography

Producer (29)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pensacola: Wings of Gold 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heaven Help Us 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Boys of Twilight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Davy Crockett 1976 - 1978, 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Half 'n' Half 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Parent Trap III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Absent-Minded Professor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Magical World of Disney (10/09/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wild Jack 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Our House 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bridges to Cross 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Happy Endings (NBC) 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

Sticking Together 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

The New Land 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Question of Love (TV Show)

Producer

Aaron's Way (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All God's Children (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Appearances (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fame (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Polly (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Polly Comin' Home! (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The American Dream (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Outside Woman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Rookies (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (18)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

(from characters created by) (Source Material)

Reyes y Rey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981, 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

The City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Purple Rain 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Man Called Intrepid 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Starsky and Hutch 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Creator

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Creator

The Possessed 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Story Consultant

Starsky and Hutch 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

The Rookies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Interns 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Creator

The Invaders 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer

My Favorite Martian 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

Roots (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

Highly acclaimed writer and producer William Blinn had success in multiple genres, creating the detective show "Starsky and Hutch" and writing for the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots". He began his career in the 1960s as a writer-for-hire on shows like the Western "Bonanza" and the lighthearted adventure "Here Come the Brides". His first producing credits came on the police drama "The Rookies" in 1972, writing episodes for the series as well. He went on to serve in that dual role on the musical drama "Fame" and the family show "Our House" in the 1980s. As creator of the popular buddy-cop show "Starsky and Hutch", he was closely involved in the show's writing and also developed the family drama "Eight is Enough". In addition to his series writing assignments, he wrote the Emmy-winning TV film "Brian's Song" in 1971 and helped pen "Roots". He co-wrote the script for Prince's musical film "Purple Rain" in 1984 and won a WGA Award in 1997 for his adapted screenplay for the TV film "The Boys Next Door".

Relationships

Patricia Rust

Wife
married May 17, 1997

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

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