Gene Levitt

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Gene Levitt
Born Eugene Levitt
(1920-05-28)May 28, 1920
New York City, New York, United States
Died November 15, 1999(1999-11-15) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Writer, producer, director

Eugene Levitt (May 28, 1920, New York City, New York – November 15, 1999, Los Angeles, California) was an American television writer, producer and director.[1]


Levitt's parents were Charles and Teresa Levitt. He had an older sister, Betty Ruth. His mother died when Gene was about 12 years old.[citation needed] Levitt later 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.[2]

Levitt was a writer for many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including Highway Patrol, Maverick, 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.


  1. ^ "Gene Levitt". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.

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