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Stephen J. Cannell, prolific TV writer and producer, dies at 69

October 1, 2010 | 12:00 pm


Stephen J. Cannell, the writer-producer for such television series as "The Rockford Files" and "The A-Team," has died. He was 69.

Cannell died Thursday night at his home in Pasadena from complications associated with melanoma, his family said in a statement.

The Emmy-winning producer also wrote for such series as "Adam-12" and "It Takes a Thief" and was a bestselling novelist. A consistent feature of his series was the distinctive ending credits, seen in this video.

We'll have a complete obituary later at

-- Times staff reports