Prolific TV Writer Stephen Lord Dies at 85

He penned episodes of such popular series as "Bonanza," "The Outer Limits" and "Fantasy Island" and was active in Hollywood unions.

Stephen Lord, a prolific TV writer whose credits range from Bonanza and Daniel Boone to CHiPs and Fantasy Island, has died. He was 85.

He died May 5 in Sherman Oaks, surrounded by his family.

Born Stephen Loyacano on Dec. 14, 1926, in New Orleans, he amassed more than 200 credits during a writing career that spanned 35 years. He wrote and/or scripted episodes of classic Westerns (Johnny Ringo, Death Valley Days, The Virginian), crime dramas (Ellery Queen, McCloud, T.J. Hooker) and science fiction (The Outer Limits, They Came From Outer Space).

He also worked on features including, Hangar 18 (1980) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979), and wrote plays and symphonies.

Lord also was active in Hollywood unions for years, working with the WGA and DGA.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters Stephanie, Jennifer and Elizabeth; and granddaughter, Emma.

A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. May 12 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100, Los Angeles, 90036.