Prolific TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Dies

Actor-Producer Stephen J. Cannell (Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Actor-Producer Stephen J. Cannell (Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Stephen J. Cannell, the prolific writer-producer of dozens of TV series that included ‘The Rockford Files‘ and ‘The A-Team,’ has died at age 69.

Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night from complications associated with melanoma, his publicist said on Friday.

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After three decades as an independent producer of TV shows, Cannell in recent years had focused his attention to writing books, and had published 16.

As an actor, he had a recurring role on ABC-TV’s series, ‘Castle.’

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