Thursday, May 14, 2009

John Furia Jr. 1929-2009

From the Writers Guild of America West:
Prolific screen and television writer and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) John Furia, Jr. has died. He was 79.

Throughout his career, Furia worked for major studios and the networks. He wrote for popular television series such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Hawaii Five-O, The Waltons, and Kung Fu, as well as wrote or produced numerous movies-of-the-week (MOW) including The Death of Ocean View Park, The Healers, Caring and The Widow. Furia’s screen credits include The Singing Nun starring Debbie Reynolds and Greer Garson, in addition to executive producing films in Mexico, France, Canada, Spain, Croatia, and Kenya.
John Furia was also a founding chairman of University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television Writing Division.

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