Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell

  • Highest Rated: 85% 21 Jump Street (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 3% Half Past Dead (2002)
  • Birthday: Feb 5, 1941
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Stephen J. Cannell was raised in Pasadena, California. His father ran an interior design firm. From an early age, Stephen suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia, which made it nearly impossible from him to do well in school, he either flunked or was held back many times. Even though one of the courses he had trouble with was English, he wrote in one of his yearbooks that it was his ambition to be an author. After a lot of work, he managed to graduate from high school and attend the University of Oregon. He worked for his father's design firm while he wrote television scripts and story ideas after work. He sold his first story ideas to "Mission: Impossible" (1966) and his first script to "It Takes a Thief" (1968). His first steady job in television was as a story editor on "Adam-12" (1968). He created a character named Jim Rockford for a script he wrote for the series "Toma" (1973), a show he was producing at the time. That script was rejected by ABC, so it was rewritten and eventually became the pilot for the classic NBC series, "The Rockford Files" (1974). From there, it becomes nearly impossible to list all of his work. He has either written or co-written over 300 television scripts, created or co-created over two dozen television series, formed a successful production company, wrote best-selling police novels and even acted in his own and other producers' shows. He has won an Emmy, two Writer's Guild Awards, two Edgar Award Nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame. Despite his many accolades, his first love continued to be writing. A co-worker of his on "Rockford", writer and "The Sopranos" (1999) creator David Chase, was once quoted as saying no person he ever met seemed to love writing as much as Stephen J. Cannell. Date of Death 30 September 2010, Pasadena, California, USA (complications from melanoma)

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

84% 22 Jump Street Executive Producer $154.3M 2014
83% Dislecksia: The Movie Actor $2.7K 2013
85% 21 Jump Street Producer $134.1M 2012
49% The A-Team Producer $77.3M 2010
57% The Poker House Producer 2008
No Score Yet Ice Spiders Actor 2007
No Score Yet Left in Darkness Producer 2006
22% The Tooth Fairy Producer Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet It Waits Producer Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet The Garden Producer 2006
No Score Yet Demon Hunter Producer 2005
No Score Yet Threshold Pacheco Laval 2003
3% Half Past Dead Hubbard $15.4M 2002
No Score Yet Dawg Producer 2002
No Score Yet Contract Actor 2001
No Score Yet CHiPs '99 Bendix 1998
29% Posse Jimmy Love 1993
No Score Yet The Rousters Producer Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet Identity Crisis Actor 1989
No Score Yet Charley Hannah Roscoe Tanner 1986
No Score Yet The Gypsy Warriors Screenwriter Executive Producer 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

80% Castle
2009-2016
Appearing Himself
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Silk Stalkings
1991-1999
Conroy
  • 1992
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Creator
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Creator Producer Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Ray Lemon
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Producer Director Screenwriter
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Producer
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Screenwriter
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet 21 Jump Street
1987-1991
Producer
38% Broken Badges
Screenwriter
50% Palace Guard
1991
Executive Producer
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime
1992
Host
No Score Yet The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
1991
Creator Screenwriter Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Greatest American Hero
1981-1983
Executive Producer

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