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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Writer Was 97 – The Hollywood Reporter



Jerome Coopersmith, who obtained a Tony nomination for writing a 1965 Sherlock Holmes musical and penned greater than two dozen episodes of the unique Hawaii 5-O through the collection’ first 9 seasons, has died. He was 97.

Coopersmith died peacefully Friday in Rochester, New York, his household introduced.

After incomes a Purple Coronary heart for his service throughout World Battle II, Coopersmith broke into tv writing for quiz reveals and historic packages. Within the early Nineteen Fifties, he and Horton Foote labored on the kids-focused Gabby Hayes Present and Johnny Jupiter, and the long run Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winner behind To Kill a Mockingbird would develop into his mentor.

Coopersmith wrote 30 common installments and two feature-length episodes of CBS’ Hawaii 5-O from 1968-76. Amongst these was the notable 1975 eighth-season installment Retire in Sunny Hawaii … Eternally, which featured Helen Hayes in an Emmy-nominated guest-starring stint because the aunt of her real-life nephew, James MacArthur.

He then created the CBS midseason collection The Andros Targets, a New York newspaper drama that starred James Sutorius however lasted simply 13 episodes — he wrote all of them — in 1977.

The dramatist tailored tales from Arthur Conan Doyle to put in writing the guide for 1965’s Baker Road, which was directed by Hal Prince and featured lyrics and music from Hal Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Starring Fritz Weaver as Sherlock Holmes and Peter Sallis as Dr. Watson, it ran for greater than 300 performances on Broadway.

He then created the primary act for the 1966-67 Broadway hit The Apple Tree, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Barbara Harris, Alan Alda and Larry Blyden.

Born in New York on Aug. 11, 1925, Coopersmith labored as an workplace boy for the Shubert Theatrical Firm. He entered the U.S. Military in 1943 and in January 1945 took a bullet to the chest through the Battle of the Bulge.

“At a military hospital, Jerry would read about the dawn of the age of television and decide it would be his career,” his grandson, Politico reporter Kyle Cheney, wrote on Twitter.

Along with the Purple Coronary heart — which his father had additionally earned throughout World Battle I — Coopersmith obtained a Fight Infantryman Badge; a Bronze Star Medal; a European Theater of Operations Medal with three battle stars; and, in 2019, the very best distinction of Chevalier, or Knight, within the Nationwide Order of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his service to France.

He left the Military in 1945 and started his TV writing profession in ’47.

Producer David Susskind put him in control of NBC’s Armstrong Circle Theater in 1955, and he wrote and produced the anthology present by way of 1963. He additionally contributed to different packages together with Appointment With Journey, The Alcoa Hour, Decoy, Deadline and The US Metal Hour.

In 1973, he penned ‘Twas the Evening Earlier than Christmas for Rankin/Bass that may develop into a vacation perennial, and his TV résumé additionally included episodes of Fight!, The Streets of San Francisco, Medical Heart, Spencer for Rent and A Man Known as Hawk.

Coopersmith’s first theatrical effort was a play he authored within the Sixties a couple of younger Eleanor Roosevelt when she labored as a volunteer instructor. He then wrote performs about Mata Hari and the connection between Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, amongst many others.

He wrote a 1969 guide, the Syd Hoff-illustrated A Chanukah Fable for Christmas, for Jewish youngsters who felt unnoticed at Christmastime, and taught for many years at Hunter School and Brooklyn School in New York.

Along with his grandson, survivors embrace his daughters, Amy and Jill; sons-in-law Ken and Robert; one other grandchild, Kim; step-grandchildren Stephanie, Kevin, Michelle and Daniel; great-grandchildren Clara, Beatrice, Ashton and Gavin; and niece Gretchen.

Donations in his reminiscence could also be despatched to Rochester Regional Well being, Unity Hospital.

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