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TV writer Wilder dies

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Apr 29, 2010 | 6:15am EDT

The son of director W. Lee Wilder and nephew of Oscar-winning writer/director Billy Wilder passed away in Temecula, California on 20 April (10) after a battle with digestive disease diverticulitis.

Wilder began his career by developing, writing and producing 1956 series The Adventures of Marco Polo, and went on to receive two Emmy nominations for his work on 1960s show McHale's Navy.

His other writing credits include U.S. TV classics The Dukes of Hazzard, Get Smart, The Brady Bunch, The Addams Family, Welcome Back, Kotter, and Diff'rent Strokes.

Wilder retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two grandchildren.

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