Walon Green (born December 15, 1936) is an American documentary film director and screenwriter for both TV and films. He was recently the showrunner/executive producer of the ninth season of the USA Network television series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he produced and directed documentaries for National Geographic and David Wolper, including The Hellstrom Chronicle, for which he was accorded the Academy Award and the BAFTA in 1972, and The Secret Life of Plants in 1979. Among his screenwriting credits are the films The Wild Bunch, Sorcerer, The Brink's Job, Eraser, The Hi-Lo Country and RoboCop 2. On television, he wrote and produced episodes of Hill Street Blues, Law & Order, ER and NYPD Blue for which he received a 1995 Edgar Award. More recently, he was a Creative Consultant for the Chris Carter science fiction TV series Millennium. He is also notable for allowing a centipede to crawl over his face in the tunnel scene of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
In fall 2008, he assumed the post of executive producer for the Vincent D'Onofrio-Kathryn Erbe episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, he took over as show runner/executive producer for all episodes in the series' ninth season.
- Dinosaur (2000) - screenplay
Walon Green was nominated in 1970 for an Oscar for best original screenplay for The Wild Bunch. He was awarded an Oscar in 1972 for his documentary The Hellstrom Chronicle, for which he also won The Technical Grand Prize at Cannes in 1971 and the Flaherty Documentary Award.
Green was nominated for an Emmy Award for co-writing (with Robert Nathan) the 1993 Law & Order episode "Manhood". The episode won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Dramatic Television Episode.
Green was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1993 for an episode of Law & Order and won the same award in 1995 which he shared with David Milch and Steven Bochco for their NYPD Blue episode "Simon Says."
- Courrier and Green, p. 205
- Tropiano, p. 83
- Courrier, Kevin, and Susan Green (2000). Law & Order: The Unofficial Companion. Macmillan. ISBN 1-58063-108-8.
- Tropiano, Stephen (2002). The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 1-55783-557-8.
- Fresh Air with Terry Gross (2003) "Walon Green". WHYY. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1187861