TV producer Michael Rhodes dies at 74

Worked on 'Ellery Queen,' 'Delvecchio,' 'Operation Petticoat'

Michael Rhodes, a producer and writer who shaped 1970s TV crime dramas "Ellery Queen" and "Delvecchio," died Oct. 7 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 74.

Rhodes' version of "Ellery Queen" ran on NBC from 1975-76 and starred Jim Hutton as a writer-sleuth who helps his NYPD detective father solve crimes. "Delvecchio," another Universal TV series, was written by Steven Bochco and starred Judd Hirsch as an Los Angeles detective; it ran 1976-77 on CBS.

Other producing credits for Rhodes include the series "Operation Petticoat" and "Mariah" and the telefims "The Return of Frank Cannon" and "Captive."

He is survived by his children Ross, Laura and Camila; his step-daughter Nikki; his grandchildren Ethan, Ella and Zen; and his mother Rose.

A ceremony to celebrate his life will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. The family asks that donations be made to the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic foundation.
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