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Stephen J. Cannell
American television producer, writer, novelist, and occasional actor, and the founder of Cannell Entertainment (1941-2010)wd:Q470282
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
educated at: University of Oregon, Flintridge Preparatory School
occupation: screenwriter, actor, film director, film producer, novelist, writer, television actor, television producer
award received: Primetime Emmy Award, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Stephen Joseph Cannell (; February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist, occasional actor, and founder of Cannell Entertainment (formerly Stephen J. Cannell Productions) and the Cannell Studios.
After starting his career as a television screenwriter, Cannell created or co-created several dozen successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s, often with his creative partner Frank Lupo. Cannell's creations include The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Renegade, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish. He also wrote novels, notably the Shane Scully mystery series.
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