Friday, October 1, 2010
it is with great sadness I have to tell you that Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of many, many hit tv shows of the 1980's including Greatest American Hero, Silk Stalkings, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The A Team, Tenspeed & Brownshoe and others passed away at the age of 69 from melanoma.
I first met Mr. Cannell on a flight to Los Angeles in 1984 and we talked the entire time about movies and scripting them and many other topics. He was an inspiration to listen to. He never cared much for the Emmy's he won, but he did care about the friendships he made on his shows, and he was a very well liked man.
He married his high school sweetheart and remaind married to her until her died, which is very rare these days. They were married for 46 years.
We have lost a giant. RIP my friend. I will never forget our talk. What a terrible way to start October.