Leonard Freeman

Leonard Freeman (October 31, 1920 – January 20, 1974) was an American television writer and producer who is best remembered as the creator of the CBS series Hawaii Five-O in 1968. The show was remade in 2010.[1] He appeared in a 1953 episode (#112) of the TV series The Lone Ranger.

Leonard Freeman
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Born(1920-10-31)October 31, 1920
DiedJanuary 20, 1974(1974-01-20) (aged 53)
Palo Alto, California, United States
OccupationTelevision writer, television producer, screenwriter
Years activeActor: 1951–1955
Writer: 1952–1974
Producer: 1961–1974
Spouse(s)Joan Taylor (1953–1974)

Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons, at the time a record for a crime drama. In 1960, he wrote for the series Route 66; in 1962, he produced The Untouchables. In 1967, he produced the Clint Eastwood western film, Hang 'Em High. A decade earlier, he wrote scripts for the syndicated Men of Annapolis.

Freeman died in 1974 during the sixth season of Hawaii Five-O from complications of heart surgery.[2]


  1. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (September 19, 2010). "The Song Remains the Same, but the Breed of Cop Has Changed". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Rhodes, Karen (1997-02-01). Booking Hawaii Five-O: An Episode Guide and Critical History of the 1968-1980 Television Detective Series. McFarland. ISBN 9780786486663.

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