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John Meredyth Lucas

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Birthday: May 1, 1919

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

John Meredyth Lucas was a child of Hollywood. He was the son of screenwriter Bess Meredyth and was adopted by her husband, legendary filmmaker Michael Curtiz. After serving in World War II, Lucas--unsurprisingly--joined the ranks of the film industry. He was hired by Warner Bros. as a script clerk, often working on Curtiz's films. An aspiring writer and director, Lucas had his first screenplay, "Dark City," produced in 1950, with Charlton Heston as the moody lead. The vast majority of Lucas's work was on television, however, and he was creatively involved with many successful shows of the 1960s and '70s, including the medical drama "Ben Casey" (as a producer) and the crime series "Mannix" (as writer and director). Lucas's work on the original "Star Trek" series, with its far-reaching influence and rabid following, brought him more recognition than the rest of his work. He wrote four episodes, beginning in the second season of the classic sci-fi show, and produced 10 in all. In the late '70s, Lucas wrote, directed, and produced for the religiously themed TV series "Insight." Continuing in this vein, Lucas wrote and directed "Yeshua" in 1984, a documentary series chronicling the history of Israel in relation to the life of Jesus. Lucas wrote a memoir, "Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood," which he completed just before his death in 2002.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 47% Farewell to the Planet of the Apes Director - 1981
No Score Yet 36% City Beneath the Sea Screenwriter - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tumbleweed Screenwriter - 1953

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero Wolfe Writer 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Westworld Producer 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Writer 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Director,
Writer
1976-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Writer 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Writer 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Director,
Writer
1967-1969 1971-1973
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Director 1971-1972
80% 89% Star Trek Director,
Writer
1967-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director,
Writer
1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Director,
Writer
1964-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Writer 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Writer 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Writer 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragnet Writer 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Director 1957
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1956-1957