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Subject: Waltons writer John Furia Jr dies aged 79

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/09 at 1:21 am

Prolific screen and TV writer John Furia Jr, who penned shows including Bonanza, The Waltons and Hawaii Five-O has died aged 79.

Furia - a long time advocate for Hollywood writers - was once president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The organisation's current president, Patric M Verrone said confirmed his death in a statement.

"John's character and dignity touched and influenced generations of writers," he said.

"For those of us who relied on his knowledge and his counsel, John was more than an eminence grise, he was pure eminence."

Furia was also a founding chairman of University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television Writing Division.

He also worked as a professor there teaching screen and TV writing.

Born in 1929, Furia started his career singing with dance bands in New York City.

He then moved to California where he worked for major studios and networks, earning himself a reputation as one of Hollywood's most productive dramatists.


Subject: Re: Waltons writer John Furia Jr dies aged 79

Written By: Frank on 05/12/09 at 1:28 am

Sad news.
The Waltons was one of my favorite TV shows in the 70's. We even travelled to the mountains of Virginia to the hometown of Earl Hamner, and saw a Walton's museum there.

Subject: Re: Waltons writer John Furia Jr dies aged 79

Written By: LyricBoy on 05/13/09 at 6:55 pm


Prolific screen and TV writer John Furia Jr, who penned shows including Bonanza, The Waltons and Hawaii Five-O has died aged 79.

What is sad is that Mr. Furia never did an episode of The Waltons where somebody would say "Book 'em, John Boy".

;D

Subject: Re: Waltons writer John Furia Jr dies aged 79

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 05/14/09 at 7:14 pm


What is sad is that Mr. Furia never did an episode of The Waltons where somebody would say "Book 'em, John Boy".

;D


Good night LyricBoy!
:P

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