Leonard Freeman

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Leonard Freeman
Born (1920-10-31)October 31, 1920
Sonoma County, California, United States
Died January 20, 1974(1974-01-20) (aged 53)
Palo Alto, California, United States
Occupation Television writer, television producer, screenwriter
Years active Actor: 1951–1955
Writer: 1952–1974
Producer: 1961–1974
Spouse(s) Joan Taylor (1953–1974) 3 children

Leonard Freeman (October 31, 1920 – January 20, 1974) was an American television writer and producer who is best remembered as the creator of the CBS series Hawaii Five-O in 1968. The show was remade in 2010.[1] He appeared in a 1953 episode (#112) of the TV series, The Lone Ranger.

Hawaii Five O ran for twelve seasons. At the time that was a record for a crime drama. In 1960, he wrote for the series Route 66; in 1962, he produced The Untouchables. In 1967, he produced the Clint Eastwood western film, Hang 'Em High. A decade earlier, he wrote scripts for the syndicated Men of Annapolis.

Freeman died in 1974 during the sixth season of Hawaii Five-O from complications of heart surgery.[2]


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