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Robert Lewin, 84; Screenwriter Was Nominated for Oscar

September 04, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Robert Lewin, 84, a screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his 1956 war movie "The Bold and the Brave," died Aug. 28 of lung cancer at his home in Santa Monica.

Lewin was a native of New York City. He graduated from Yale and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He was a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and Life magazine, and was a partner in a public relations firm before beginning his screenwriting career.

Based on his experiences fighting in the Italian campaign, "The Bold and the Brave" was his first screenplay. The movie starred Wendell Corey and Mickey Rooney, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Lewin had a successful career in television, writing or producing many episodes of such popular shows as "Mission: Impossible," "Gunsmoke" and "The Fugitive." He won Writers Guild of America best-writing awards in 1968 and 1969 for episodes of the acclaimed series "Judd for the Defense."

He produced television's "The Paper Chase" and "Baretta" and was nominated for Emmys for those programs. He was also a producer of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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