John D. F. Black
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John Donald Francis Black (December 30, 1932 – November 29, 2018) was a screenwriter, TV producer, and TV director. He is best known for his work on the TV series Star Trek: The Original Series in 1966, and its sequel series, Star Trek: The Next Generation during the 1980s.
John D. F. Black
John Donald Francis Black
December 30, 1932
|Died||November 29, 2018 (aged 85)|
Black was the associate producer for ten episodes of Star Trek made during the program's first season, all of which were broadcast from September 8, 1966, through December 15, 1966. Black also wrote the teleplay for and was the associate producer of one of the outstanding early episodes of Star Trek—"The Naked Time". During the 1980s, Black was also given credit for the story for sequel episode, "The Naked Now", in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Black also received shared story-writing credit (with Worley Thorne, who wrote the teleplay) for one more episode in this series, "Justice", under his pseudonym of "Ralph Wills".
In his work for motion pictures, Black co-wrote the movie adaptation of Shaft (1971), along with co-writer Ernest Tidyman, who had written the original novel of Shaft. Black also was the screenwriter and executive producer of the detective film Trouble Man (1972), which starred Robert Hooks and whose musical score was written by Marvin Gaye.
|1957||The Unearthly||Screenplay By||Credited as Geoffrey Dennis|
|1967||Gunfight in Abilene||Screenplay By||Co-Wrote screenplay with "Bernie Giler"|
|1968||Nobody's Perfect||Screenplay By||Based on the novel "The Crows of Edwina Hill" by "Allan R. Bosworth"|
|Three Guns For Texas||Written By|
|1971||Shaft||Screenplay By||Co-Wrote screenplay with "Ernest Tidyman", Based on the novel "Shaft" by "Ernest Tidyman"|
|Thief||Written By||Television Movie|
|Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate||Screenplay By||Television Movie, Based on the novel "Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate" by "Doris Miles Disney"|
|1972||The Carey Treatment||Screenplay By||Credited as James P. Bonner, Co-Wrote screenplay with "Harriet Frank Jr." and "Irving Ravetch", Based on the novel "A Case of Need" by Jeffery Hudson"|
|Trouble Man||Written By, Executive Producer|
|1973||The Fuzz Brothers||Written By, Produced By|
|1974||Wonder Woman||Written By, Executive Producer|
|1975||A Shadow in the Streets||Written By, Produced By|
|1978||The Clone Master||Written By, Produced By|
|1961-62||Surfside 6||Writer||2 Episodes|
|1962||Have Gun – Will Travel||Writer||1 Episode|
|1962-63||The Untouchables||Writer||3 Episodes|
|The Fugitive||Writer||1 Episode|
|The Eleventh Hour||Writer||1 Episode|
|Kraft Suspense Theatre||Writer||1 Episode|
|1963-70||The Virginian||Writer||2 Episodes|
|1964-65||Mr. Novak||Writer||6 Episodes|
|1966||Star Trek||Writer, Associate Producer|
|Run for your Life||Writer||1 Episode|
|1967||Cimarron Strip||Writer||1 Episode|
|1968-69||The F.B.I.||Writer||3 Episodes|
|1968-71||Mission: Impossible||Writer||3 Episodes|
|1968-72||Hawaii Five-O||Writer||10 Episodes|
|1969||The High Chaparral||Writer||1 Episode|
|1970||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Writer||1 Episode|
|1970-71||Room 222||Writer||6 Episodes|
|The Bill Cosby Show||Writer||1 Episode|
|Getting Together||Writer||1 Episode|
|1973-76||The Streets of San Francisco||Writer||3 Episodes|
|1976||Jigsaw John||Writer||1 Episode|
|Man from Atlantis||Writer||1 Episode|
|Most Wanted||Writer||1 Episode|
|Charlie's Angels||Writer, Director|
|1985||Hell Town||Writer||1 Episode|
|1987||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Writer||2 Episodes|
|Murder, She Wrote||Writer||1 Episode|
|????||Safe at Home||Writer||1 Episode|
|2015||Star Trek Continues||Script Consultant||1 Episode|
According to Black's widow Mary Black, he died peacefully of natural causes at the Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
- "The New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Izrael, Jimi (December 14, 2012). "'Trouble Man' At 40: A Classic, But Where's Its Cult?". NPR.
- "Jacobs Brown Press sadly announces death of TV writer producer John DF Black". Jacobs Brown Press.