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John M. Lucas

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  • A talented writer, producer, and director who was involved with some of the most prolific series in TV history, John Meredyth Lucas was also a founding member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Son of writer/actress Bess Meredyth and prolific actor/director Wilfred Lucas, Lucas was later adopted by Casablanca director Michael Curtiz. Although Curtiz would give young Lucas his first break in Hollywood, the burgeoning talent soon came into his own as the founder of the Laguna Playhouse's Gryphon Players. Later seguing into a career as a writer, Lucas served as dialogue director for The Gorilla Man (1942) and The Unsuspected (1947) before penning the 1950 noir thriller Dark City. He subsequently wrote such films as Peking Express (1951), My Blood Runs Cold (1965), and the made-for-TV feature City Beneath the Sea (1970). Lucas found even more success writing (and frequently directing) episodes of such prolific television series as The Fugitive, Star Trek, Kojak, and Logan's Run. Lucas also wrote and directed episodes of Night Gallery, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Planet of the Apes, in addition to his work as a small-screen producer. He published a memoir, A Hollywood Family, in his later years. Lucas died of leukemia October 19, 2002.

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Farewell to the Planet of the Apes Director 1981
No Score Yet City Beneath the Sea Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet My Blood Runs Cold Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet The Sign of Zorro Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Captain Pirate Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Dark City Screenwriter 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Screenwriter
  • 1977
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Producer Director
  • 1968
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Screenwriter Director
  • 1967
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Director
  • 1957
  • 1956

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