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Also Known As: Donald Paul Bellisario, Donald P. Bellisario Died:
Born: August 8, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, executive, director, story editor, creative director for advertising agency

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One of the most interesting creators of contemporary TV genre shows, this producer-writer-director is best known for the immensely successful "Magnum, P.I." which propelled Tom Selleck to international stardom. Bellisario started his TV career after working 14 years as the creative director of an advertising agency. Breaking in as a director of TV commercials, he soon parlayed his extensive business background into an executive post at Universal TV. However more creative opportunities beckoned. By the mid-1970s, Bellisario was writing for crime dramas such as the acclaimed "Kojak", the short-lived "Delvecchio" starring Judd Hirsch, and beginning his fruitful association with the prolific writer-producer-director Glen A. Larson.

One of the most interesting creators of contemporary TV genre shows, this producer-writer-director is best known for the immensely successful "Magnum, P.I." which propelled Tom Selleck to international stardom. Bellisario started his TV career after working 14 years as the creative director of an advertising agency. Breaking in as a director of TV commercials, he soon parlayed his extensive business background into an executive post at Universal TV. However more creative opportunities beckoned. By the mid-1970s, Bellisario was writing for crime dramas such as the acclaimed "Kojak", the short-lived "Delvecchio" starring Judd Hirsch, and beginning his fruitful association with the prolific writer-producer-director Glen A. Larson.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Last Rites (1988) Director
2.
  Three on a Match (1987) Creator
3.
  Three on a Match (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 JAG: Beyond the Scenes (1995) Interviewee
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1972:
Began entertainment career as a TV commercial director
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Served as an executive for Universal TV
1976:
Worked as a staff writer for "Switch" (CBS) starring Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner; first collaboration with producer/writer Glen Larson
1976:
Worked as producer on Cannell's "Baa Baa Black Sheep/The Black Sheep Squadron" (NBC); also wrote and directed some episodes
1977:
Worked as a writer on "Kojak" (CBS)
1978:
Produced Glen Larson's cult TV series, "Battlestar Galactica" (ABC); also wrote and directed some episodes
1978:
Feature debut as production supervisor on "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack"
1979:
First credit as executive producer on "Quincy, M.E." (NBC) starring Jack Klugman
1980:
Created (with Glen Larson), executive produced "Magnum, P.I." (CBS); also wrote and directed some episodes
1988:
Feature directorial and screenwriting debut on "Last Rites," starring Tom Berenger and Daphne Zuniga
1989:
Created and executive produced the adventure series, "Quantum Leap" (NBC); also wrote and directed
1995:
Created and executive produced, "JAG" (NBC); first aired on NBC from 1995-1996 and later picked up by CBS for the 1996-97 season
2003:
Created (with Don McGill) the procedural drama, "NCIS"; also wrote and directed some episodes
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Education

Pennsylvania State University: University Park , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Over the decade from 1981 to 1991, Bellisario's series were nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series: "Magnum P.I." was nominated for 1981/82 and 1982/83; "Quantum Leap" was nominated for 1989/90 and 1990/91. They did not win.

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wife:
Lynn Bellisario. Mother of Michelangelo; no longer married.
wife:
Vivienne Lee. Married on November 27, 1998 in Hawaii.

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son:
Michelangelo Bellisario.

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