The patriarch of Hollywood's Berg family, Dick Berg
, has died after a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
A TV and movie writer and producer, Berg died on Tuesday.
Born in New York in 1922, he arrived in Hollywood in the early 1940s and became a dialogue coach for movie cowboy Roy Rogers
But writing was his first love and many of his early scripts were turned into dramas for the Kraft Television Theatre
and Robert Montgomery Presents
series in the U.S.
By the late 1950s, Berg was an in-demand writer in Tinseltown and enjoyed careers at leading studios MGM, 20th Century Fox and Universal, where he created detective drama Johnny Staccato
starring John Cassavetes
He moved into TV production in the 1960s at Universal and was the man behind shows like Checkmate
and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
, which offered aspiring writers the chance to get their original teleplays aired.
By the end of the 1960s, Berg was producing films like House of Cards and Counterpoint
and TV movies and mini-series such as Wallenberg,The Martian Chronicles
and Elmore Leonard
A former president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Berg was presented with the American Film Institute's Charles Fries
Producer of the Year Award in 2000.
Berg also succeeded as a father - his sons are A. Scott Berg
, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Jeff, who is chairman of International Creative Management (Icm) talent agency; Tony, a record producer and executive; and Rick, a manager and producer.