TV writer, producer Michael Fisher dies

12:36 PM PST 01/20/2010 by Staff report, AP

Known for work on 'Spenser for Hire,' 'Starsky & Hutch'

Michael Fisher, a writer and executive producer on such TV series as "Spenser for Hire," "Starsky & Hutch," "Fantasy Island" and "Mission: Impossible," died Dec. 31 in Peterborough, N.H. He was 69.

Fisher also served as co-executive producer on "True Blue," an NBC cop series that ran 1989-90. In all, he wrote and produced more than 500 hours of primetime TV.

In 1991, Fisher published his first novel, "Cries From the Darkness," followed by the sequel "The Nightmare Man." He produced a telefilm in Fiji based on those novels in 1997.

He was the son of Steve Fisher, a prolific writer for film and TV who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Cary Grant starrer "Destination Tokyo" (1943).

Survivors include his wife, Helen; children Rosie, Molly, Meghan, Damien, Patrick, Colin, John and Bernadette; sister Elaine; brother Richard; nine grandchildren; and niece Monica Fisher, who is vp business and legal affairs at Comcast Entertainment Group in Los Angeles.
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