WGAW honor to Mankiewicz


Veteran scribe Don Mankiewicz has helped "Ironside" win court cases, "Marcus Welby, M.D." heal patients and the "Hart to Hart" duo solve crimes.

Now, the WGA West will honor the writer with its 2008 Morgan Cox Award for his exemplary service to the guild and his help in empowering fellow scribes.

Mankiewicz, the son of "Citizen Kane" Oscar winner Herman Mankiewicz, will be honored Wednesday at the WGA's 2008 Honorary Awards Luncheon in downtown Los Angeles.

The award recognizes members whose ideas, efforts and personal sacrifices embody the ideal of WGA service.

Mankiewicz has been a WGA member since 1952, serving on its board of directors from 1992-2001 and 2003-05. He has served on nine committees.

Mankiewicz started his TV career penning teleplays during TV's Golden Age for such programs as "Playhouse 90," "Kraft Television Theatre" and "Studio One." His work included "All the King's Men," "The Last Tycoon" and six episodes of John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage."

He shared an Oscar nomination with Nelson Gidding for "I Want to Live!" and penned several scripts for the big screen, including "The Black Bird," "House of Numbers" and "Trial," which was based on his novel.