Stephen J. Cannell, TV producer, dies

Stephen J. Cannell, the producer behind such TV series as The Rockford Files and The A-Team, has passed away, the Associated Press reports. The producer, who died Thursday in his Pasadena, Calif., home from complications tied to melanoma, was 69 years old.

Along with producing, Cannell also was a writer, penning 16 books. The producer also boasted a recurring role on ABC’s Castle.

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  • Grace

    I loved Silk Stalkings!

    • Lana

      OMG! That was like the best show ever! Talk about blast from the past.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    OMG I loved him on Castle! This so sad!

    • Danilo

      I agree! I’m pretty sure (and hope) that they incorporate a salute to him at the poker game…

      • Alia

        Agreed. That would be appropriate, I think, and sweet.

      • aleksa

        I’d be shocked if it wasn’t acknowledged.

  • anya

    Silk Stalkings, Murder, She Wrote, Castle. The man was so prolific. Everyone should be sad about his passing.

    • Don

      I am. I grew up on his shows–the At-Team, Hunter, The Greatest American Hero, the Rockfold Files. He will be missed.

  • akri

    wow…so many dying one after the other..he was so young too.rip.

  • Peter Vee

    I still remember that credits clip at the end of every A-Team episode, with Cannell ripping a page from his typewriter. So sad to see him go.

    • Emily

      That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I read this! Sad!

    • Jackie

      Didn’t he also do “21 Jump Street”? I remember the bit with the typewriter from the end of the episodes on the DVDs.

      • BB

        Yes he did 21 Jump Street. RIP. So sad.

  • TimW

    Rockford was the best detective show in the history of television. I can’t imagine anything topping it. Toma, Black Sheep Squadron, The Commish, A-Team, Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormick – he really defined action TV for a long run there…

    • Honest Abe

      Totally agree, TimW. Rockford was/is the best detective show ever. I hear/see its echo in so many shows, from Magnum to Moonlighting to Terriers. What a legacy. RIP, Steven. Oh, and how iconic was that typewriter bit at the end of his shows? Even The Simpsons spoofed it. That’s impressive.

    • Alicia

      I occasionally watch the reruns of “The Rockford Files” on RTN, and am struck (again) by how incredibly stylish and authentic that series was. It was a great show. I also like that Cannell didn’t have much actual violence in his shows. When I watch “The A-Team” I know there will be explosions (but no one gets blown to bits, just knocked across the room) and fisticuffs, but no one actually gets hurt. Perhaps that is unrealistic, but it is refreshing, too.

  • Jane

    You can’t say he didn’t live a full life. RIP Steve.

  • El Santo

    He’d probably never produced a critical hit, but his shows will always, always be fondly remembered. Godspeed, Mr. Cannell.

    • sam

      He produced many critical hits–Rockford Files and Wiseguy just to name two. The guy didn’t just do A-Team.

  • Luminosity

    Very saddened by this news. Cannell did many of my favortite TV shows growing up. RIP

  • Hey Zeus

    Sit UBU, sit…forever…

    • Peter

      Umm…wrong guy.

      • jules

        what can ya do. *sigh*

  • lynn

    Awwww…..so sad….

  • Bob

    Another of the best at what he does is gone & we the public will be the worse for it!

  • Carol

    In the LOST season 6 DVD extras, Darlton interviewed other show creators for one of the segments. Cannell said that he had 42 shows on the air over the course of time and never ONCE got to end a series on his own terms. Staggering, isn’t it?

  • DebbieLG

    What a talented, creative man. I’ve enjoyed so many of his shows. So sad. RIP

  • me

    Well, this is a downer. Stuart, Curtis, Cannell. Everyone, go hug a loved one, even if it’s your dog or cat.

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