Writer/producer George Eckstein, who co-wrote the final episode of ABC’s The Fugitive, has died at 81, Variety.com reports. His career in television began with a 1961 episodes of The Untouchables; he was active throughout the 1960s, penning episodes of Gunsmoke, The Invaders, The Lieutenant and The Outcasts, among others.
Eckstein wrote a total of ten episodes of The Fugitive, including the two-part finale (which he wrote with Michael Zagor) and also served as a producer on that series. He also produced NBC’s The Name of the Game and a slew of made-for-TV movies, including Duel in 1971, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, plus several miniseries, including Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue and Masada. In 1981 he produced Love, Sidney and in the 1990s he wrote three made-for-TV movies based on Perry Mason.