Gene Levitt

1969 - 1970

New York City, New York, USA





Eugene Levitt was an American television writer, producer and director. Levitt attended the University of Wyoming. Following graduation he moved to Chicago where he worked as a newspaper reporter until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. In the 1940s, Levitt wrote for radio programs, including The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. Levitt was a writer for many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including Highway Patrol, Maverick ("Trail West to Fury"), Adventures in Paradise and Combat!. He moved to directing in the 1970s, working on series such as Alias Smith and Jones and McCloud. His most significant achievement was the creation of the television series Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize. The show ran for over six years. In addition to Fantasy Island, Levitt assisted in the writing, production, and directing of Hawaii-Five-O, and Alias Smith and Jones. He died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California. (Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)