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Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell


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Also Known As: Died: September 30, 2010
Born: February 5, 1941 Cause of Death: Complications from melanoma
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Producer ...


Cannell nominations for Emmys (sometimes with several collaborators) for Outstanding Drama Series (as a producer) and Outstanding Writing include "The Rockford Files" (1978/79; 1979/80--Drama Series); "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1979/80--Writing in a Drama Series); "The Greatest American Hero" (1980/81--Writing in a Comedy Series); and "Wiseguy" (1988/89--Drama Series).

The Fox Broadcasting Corporation and Stephen J. Cannell Productions received a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiative in recognition of their commitment to plots involving youth issues in their series, "21 Jump Street".

Cannell and his programs have received numerous awards and citations from a wide array of organizations. These include the Distinguished Service Award (1990-93) as Director of the Hollywood Radio Television Society; an award for "21 Jump Street" (1990) from the International Film and Television Festival of New York; a Silver Award for "Wiseguy" (1989) from the Houston International Film Festival; a People's Choice Award for Favorite Overall New Television Program for "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1977) and again for "The A-Team" (1984); a Golden Halo Award for "The Greatest American Hero" (1982) from the Southern California Motion Picture Council; and an Award of Merit for Best Television Show for "The Greatest American Hero" (1981) from the Academy of Family Films & Family Television.

A member of the Writers Guild America, he had won their annual award four times as of 1995.

A dyslexic himself, Cannell serves as the National Chairman to the Orton Dyslexia Society

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