Joel Rogosin

Joel Rogosin (October 30, 1932 – April 21, 2020) was an American television producer and screenwriter who was known for producing such television series as 77 Sunset Strip, The Virginian, Ironside, Magnum, P.I., and Knight Rider from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for his production work on Ironside in 1970 and 1971, and received his third Emmy nomination for producing Magnum, P.I. in 1983.[1][2][3][4]


Joel Rogosin was born on October 30, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts.[5] He was raised in Boston and Virginia, where he attended high school in Arlington and Falls Church. Rogosin graduated from Stanford University in 1955.[5]

Rogosin began his professional career at Columbia Pictures, where he worked as a messenger beginning in 1957.[1][2] He rose through the ranks quickly and, by 1961, Rogosin was a producer for the ABC television series, 77 Sunset Strip, which was the Number 1 most watched show in the United States at the time.[1][2][4] Along with 77 Sunset Strip, Rogosin also produced Hawaiian Eye and Surfside 6 for Warner Bros. Television during the early 1960s.[1]

Rogosin served as a producer or screenwriter for The Bold Ones: The New Doctors on NBC, The Blue Knight on CBS, Ghost Story on NBC, the short-lived CBS crime series Longstreet, the CBS sitcom Mr. Merlin, the syndicated series The New Lassie, and two Jerry Lewis Telethons to benefit muscular dystrophy research.[1] In his career, he also produced several movies of the week for television.

In his later life, Rogosin and his wife, Deborah, moved to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a retirement community for members of the motion pictures and television industry in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.[1] Rogosin was a leading member of the Grey Quill Society, which holds weekly workshops for residents of the Motion Picture & Television Fund to share poetry, creative fiction, drama, and other writings.[1] Rogosin also worked to change the MPTF's long-term nursing facility to its present name, The Mary Pickford House, after actress Mary Pickford, who helped found the MPTF in 1920.[1][3]

Joel Rogosin died from complications of COVID-19 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund on April 21, 2020, at the age of 87.[3][4] He is survived by his adoring family; his wife of 67 years, Deborah, their three daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.[1][3]

Rogosin was the fifth resident of Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital to die from COVID-19 during the pandemic.[1][2] Other victims of COVID-19 at the MPTF Country House and Hospital include actor Allen Garfield, former Walt Disney animator Ann Sullivan, and cinematographer Allen Daviau.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Barnes, Mike (2020-04-22). "Joel Rogosin, Producer on 'The Virginian,' Ironside' and 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies of COVID-19 Complications at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  2. ^ a b c d Robb, David (2020-04-22). "'Magnum P.I.,' '77 Sunset Strip' Producer Joel Rogosin Is Fifth MPTF Motion Picture Home Resident To Die Of Coronavirus". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  3. ^ a b c d McNary, Dave (2020-04-22). "'Magnum, P.I.,' 'Knight Rider' Producer Joel Rogosin Dies of Coronavirus at MPTF Retirement Home". Variety (magazine). Archived from the original on 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  4. ^ a b c d Gonzalez, Umberto (2020-04-22). "'Knight Rider' and 'Magnum P.I.' Producer Joel Rogosin Dies of Coronavirus at MPTF Nursing Facility". The Wrap. Archived from the original on 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  5. ^ a b Green, Paul (2014-01-10). "A History of Television's The Virginian, 1962-1971 (page 189-190)". McFarland & Company. Google Books. Retrieved 2020-05-02.

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