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William Frederick Blinn
July 21, 1937
|Died||October 22, 2020 (aged 83)|
Burbank, California, United States
|Occupation||Screenwriter, television producer|
Life and career
Blinn was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Clare Allen and Pearl Ariel (Schaeffer) Blinn. Blinn began his career in television in the 1960s. As a screenwriter, Blinn wrote episodes of Rawhide, Here Come the Brides, Gunsmoke, The Rookies, and Fame (where he also served as executive producer). In 1971, Blinn wrote the screenplay for the television movie Brian's Song for which he won an Emmy and Peabody Award. He won a second Emmy in 1977 for his work on the miniseries Roots. Blinn also created two series for producing mogul Aaron Spelling: Starsky & Hutch (Blinn later produced the 2004 film of the same name); and the less-successful Heaven Help Us, which co-starred Ricardo Montalban known for his role in Fantasy Island. He was the executive producer of the 1974 ABC series The New Land, and he created the short-lived 1977 CBS espionage series Hunter and wrote its unaired 1976 pilot. He was also a writer for the 1996 Hallmark Television film The Boys Next Door based on the play of the same name. His other series were Eight is Enough, Our House and Fame.
In addition to screenwriting (which includes Purple Rain), Blinn also produced several television series and television movies including Aaron's Way, Polly: Comin' Home!, and Pensacola: Wings of Gold.
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1972||Emmy Award||Won||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation||Brian's Song|
|1977||Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series||Roots (Shared with Ernest Kinoy)|
|1982||Nominated||Outstanding Drama Series||Fame (Shared with Gerald I. Isenberg, Stan Rogow, and Mel Swope)|
|1983||Outstanding Drama Series||Fame (Shared with Mel Swope)|
|1984||Outstanding Drama Series||Fame (Shared with Ken Ehrlich)|
|1977||Humanitas Prize||Won||60 Minute Category||Roots (Shared with James Lee for episode #4)|
|1996||Nominated||90 Minute Category||The Boys Next Door|
|1972||Peabody Awards||Won||Brian's Song|
|1997||Writers Guild of America Award||Adapted Long Form||The Boys Next Door|
- "William Blinn Biography (1937-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2008.
- Blinn, William (April 20, 2001). "If Hollywood Takes the Credit, It Must Also Share the Blame". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 2, 2008.
- Baysinger, Tim (2020-10-24). "William Blinn, 'Starsky & Hutch' Creator and 'Purple Rain' Writer, Dies at 83". TheWrap. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
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