Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell
Cannell in 2005
Stephen Joseph Cannell

(1941-02-05)February 5, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 30, 2010(2010-09-30) (aged 69)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
EducationUniversity of Oregon, B.S. 1964
OccupationWriter, producer, director
Years active1968–2010
Known forFounder of The Cannell Studios
Marcia Cannell (m. 1964–2010)
Children4, including Tawnia

Stephen Joseph Cannell (əl/; February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist, and occasional actor, and the founder of Cannell Entertainment (formerly Stephen J. Cannell Productions) and the Cannell Studios.

After starting his career as a television script writer, Cannell created or co-created several dozen successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s, often with his creative partner Frank Lupo. Cannell's creations included The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish. He also wrote novels, notably the Shane Scully mystery series.

Early life

Cannell was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in nearby Pasadena.[1] He was the son of Carolyn (née Baker) and Joseph Knapp Cannell. Joseph owned the highly successful interior decorating company Cannell and Chaffin.[2][3] Cannell struggled with dyslexia in school, but did graduate from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.[2] At UO, he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity.[citation needed]

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