TV Writer Arthur Bernard Lewis Dies


Arthur Bernard Lewis, a prolific TV writer and producer who scripted more than 60 episodes of CBS ratings smash hit Dallas, died Oct. 30 in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia following a long illness. He was 84.

Lewis began his career in 1962 as a producer on TV's The Doctors and the Nurses, then moved into high gear by writing episodes of such popular programs as The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Baretta, Hawaii Five-Oand In the Heat of the Night.

In 1978, the native New Yorker joined the Dallasbproducing team and served as executive story editor for 69 episodes of the drama. From 1981-85, Lewis was supervising producer of 113 segments and the sole writer of a prodigious 63 one-hour episodes, most of which he produced as well.

Lewis worked on the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode that aired on Nov. 21, 1980, and revealed J.R. Ewing's shooter. It was the highest-rated TV episode in history at the time, seen by an estimated 83 million viewers.

Lewis also penned the 1990s telefilms Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) and Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998).

Lewis is survived by his wife, Marjorie Estelle; son Larry and daughter-in-law Pam; brother Robert; granddaughter Desirae; great-granddaughter Ava; and stepson Chet. Private services were held Tuesday.