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William Blinn

William Blinn

American screenwriter and television producer
William Blinn
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Quick Facts

Intro American screenwriter and television producer
Was Screenwriter
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 21 July 1937, Clayton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Death 22 October 2020, Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 83 years)
Star sign Cancer
American Academy of Dramatic Arts (-1957)
Peabody Award  
Writers Guild of America Award  
Emmy Award  
The details


William Frederick Blinn (July 21, 1937 — October 22, 2020) was an American screenwriter and television producer.

Life and career

Blinn was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Clare Allen and Pearl Ariel (Schaeffer) Blinn. Blinn began his career in television in the 1960s. As a screenwriter, Blinn wrote episodes of Rawhide, Here Come the Brides, Gunsmoke, The Rookies, and Fame (where he also served as executive producer). In 1971, Blinn wrote the screenplay for the television movie Brian's Song for which he won an Emmy and Peabody Award. He won a second Emmy in 1977 for his work on the miniseries Roots. Blinn also created two series for producing mogul Aaron Spelling: Starsky & Hutch (Blinn later produced the 2004 film of the same name); and the less-successful Heaven Help Us, which co-starred Ricardo Montalban known for his role in Fantasy Island. He was the executive producer of the 1974 ABC series The New Land, and he created the short-lived 1977 CBS espionage series Hunter and wrote its unaired 1976 pilot. He was also a writer for the 1996 Hallmark Television film The Boys Next Door based on the play of the same name. His other series were Eight is Enough, Our House and Fame.

In addition to screenwriting (which includes Purple Rain), Blinn also produced several television series and television movies including Aaron's Way, Polly: Comin' Home!, and Pensacola: Wings of Gold.


Blinn died on October 22, 2020, from natural causes at a retirement home in Burbank, California.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1972 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation Brian's Song
1977 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Roots
1982 Nominated Outstanding Drama Series Fame
1983 Outstanding Drama Series Fame
1984 Outstanding Drama Series Fame
1977 Humanitas Prize Won 60 Minute Category Roots
1996 Nominated 90 Minute Category The Boys Next Door
1972 Peabody Awards Won
Brian's Song
1997 Writers Guild of America Award Adapted Long Form The Boys Next Door
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