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Stephen J. Cannell

Highest Rated:   85% 21 Jump Street (2012)
Lowest Rated:   3% Half Past Dead (2002)
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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
48% 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
31% 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
74% Castle
2009-2016
  • Himself
  • Appearing
  • 2010
  • 2009

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