RIP Jerry McNeely


by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

Sad news about a name familiar to TV viewers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Jerry McNeely, Emmy-nominated television writer and creator of series including “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” died last week in Tarzana, California at 86. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years.

Jerry was one of TV’s busiest writers in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, writing multiple episodes of “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game,” “Owen Marshall,” “Trauma Center,” “Our House,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Mr. Novak,” “The Virginian,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” and “McMillan and Wife.” “Lucas Tanner,” “Three for the Road.” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He also created “Owen Marshall,”  “Lucas Tanner” and “Three for the Road.”

Jerry wrote his first teleplay, “The Staring Match,” for “Studio One” in 1957, and won a contest with his script “The Joke and the Valley,” which “Hallmark Hall of Fame” produced in 1961. His later longform scripts included “The Critical List,” “Fighting Back,” “Tomorrow’s Child,” “Sin of Innocence” and “When You Remember Me.”

Survivors include his wife Ellen Shenker McNeely; four children, Melissa, Betsy, Joel and Ian McNeely; and two grandchildren.

You can find a fuller bio and celebration of Jerry McNeely’s life HERE.

2 thoughts on “RIP Jerry McNeely”

  1. And great to work with. Meaning Jerry Mc. put up with Gerald S. through “MARCUS WELBY”, “THE VIGINIAN”, & “DR. KILDARE”. Mostly just passing in the hallways as each was heading for a script meeting. You heard that saying, “TWO GYPSIES CAN’T LOOK EACH OTHER IN THE EYE WITHOUT LAUGHING”? Well, same goes for TV WRITERS! Only difference is — We got paid more and the Gypsies had better stories! Maybe next time. gs

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