Larry DiTillio

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Lawrence G. DiTillio (February 15, 1948 – March 16, 2019) was an American film and TV series writer.


He began writing for television and movies in the 1970s including a stint on Filmation's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Larry DiTillio became a staff writer for the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. He wrote the most episodes throughout both seasons, totaling 17 episodes as well as directing one. In 1985, he wrote the feature-length film He-Man and She-Ra: Secret of the Sword. He was responsible for the original bible of the spinoff show, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and came up with most of the character names.[1]

Flying Buffalo hired DiTillio in 1983 when he was out of work due to a strike.[2]:37 He wrote The Isle of Darksmoke (1984), Flying Buffalo's last multiplayer Tunnels & Trolls adventure.[2]:38 With Lynn Willis, he wrote Masks of Nyarlathotep (1984), a world-spanning campaign for Call of Cthulhu, which is considered one of the best roleplaying adventures of all time,[2]:86 and which won the Origins Award.

DiTillio is known for his role as executive story editor of the science-fiction series Babylon 5,[2]:41 and for writing or co-writing most of the episodes in the animated series Beast Wars. He was also a writer for the updated 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series.

DiTillio died at the age of 71 on March 16, 2019 of Parkinson's Disease.[3]


Year Role Show
1972 Writer Those Mad, Mad Moviemakers
1984 Writer Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
1985 Writer He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword
1985 Writer Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (7 episodes)
1983-1985 Writer He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (17 episodes)
1985 Writer She-Ra Princess of Power (18 episodes)
1985-1986 Writer Rock 'n' Wrestling
1986 Writer Centurions
1986 Writer Galaxy High School
1987 Writer Bionic Six
1987-88 Writer Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
1988 Writer Superman (2 episodes)
1989 Writer The California Raisin Show (5 episodes)
1989 Writer Captain Power: The Beginning (TV Movie)
1987 Writer The Real Ghostbusters
1990 Writer Swamp Thing (TV Series)
1990 Writer Deadly Nightmares
1990 Writer Peter Pan and the Pirates
1991 Writer The Hidden Room
1991 Writer Murder, She Wrote (1 Episode)
1992 Writer Conan the Adventurer
1994-1995 Writer/Executive Story Editor Babylon 5
1996 Writer Hypernauts
1996-99 Writer/Story Editor Beast Wars: Transformers
2002-2004 Writer Masters of the Universe vs. the Snake Men
2005 Writer Kong: The Animated Series
2009 Writer Transformers: Animated (1 episode)


  1. ^ Scheimer, Lou (2012). Creating the Filmmation Generation. Two Morrows Publishing. ISBN 978-1605490441.
  2. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  3. ^ Larry DiTillio, co-creator of She-Ra and well-known genre TV writer has passed away, 17 March 2019. Accessed on 18 March 2019.

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