Screenwriter Mann Rubin Dies at 86

Courtesy Marty Colasuonno

He wrote the adapted screenplays for the films "The Best of Everything" and "The First Deadly Sin" as well as dozens of TV episodes.

Mann Rubin, a veteran film and television writer who co-wrote the screenplay for the 1959 melodrama The Best of Everything, died Oct. 12 in West Hills, Calif., after a long illness. He was 86.

Rubin also adapted Lawrence Sanders' novel for the crime thriller The First Deadly Sin (1980), starring Frank Sinatra in his last major film role, and adapted Norman Mailer's book for the drama An American Dream (1966), starring Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh.

Rubin also wrote Brainstorm, starring Jeffrey Hunter, and Walk a Tightrope, starring Dan Duryea, both released in 1965, and The Human Shield (1991). 

The Best of Everything, based on a popular novel by Rona Jaffe, starred Hope Lange, Suzy Parker and Diane Baker as secretaries and roommates who work at a New York City paperback publisher. Joan Crawford played a maniacal editor at the firm.

A native of Brooklyn and graduate of New York University, Rubin started out in live television in the late 1940s working on such anthology series as Studio One and Tales for Tomorrow.

He went on to write for other series including Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Harry O, Starsky and Hutch, Future Cop, Quincy, M.E., Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files, Dynasty, Knots Landing and The Paper Chase.

Rubin spent more than a decade teaching screenwriting in the cinema/TV division at the University of Southern California.