Chuck Adamson

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Chuck Adamson
Charles Fredrick Adamson

(1936-06-11)June 11, 1936
DiedFebruary 22, 2008(2008-02-22) (aged 71)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter, police officer
Years active1981-1987

Charles Fredrick "Chuck" Adamson (June 11, 1936 – February 22, 2008) was an American police officer[1] who became a television producer and screenwriter.[2]

Adamson was best known for creating the television crime drama Crime Story,[3] for which he won a People's Choice Award, and for writing episodes of Miami Vice. The 1995 film Heat, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino and directed by Michael Mann, is based on one of Adamson's more famous cases in Chicago from the 1960s.

He died in 2008 from lung cancer at age 71.[4] Michael Mann's 2009 film Public Enemies stated in its end credits "In memory of Chuck Adamson".


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Thief Ancell
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Crate Opener #1
1986 Crime Story Nick Aeillo / Sugarman TV Series, 2 episodes
1992 A River Runs Through It Harry the Editor
1992 Top Cops Himself TV Series, 1 episode
1994 The Stand Barry Dorgan TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes
1994 Quiz Show Congressman Mack (final film role)
1995 Heat technical advisor


  1. ^ Rybin, Steven (2007). The Cinema of Michael Mann. Lexington Books.
  2. ^ "Chuck Adamson". The New York Times.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John (September 18, 1986). "TV REVIEWS; A PREVIEW OF NBC'S 'CRIME STORY'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Adamson, Chuck". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 2, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-28.

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