Worley Thorne

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Worley Thorne is an American screenwriter, television writer, script consultant and college instructor of Critical Thinking and Composition, and Screenwriting. Thorne's work encompasses hourlong television drama, and feature film scripts, in a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, detective and mystery, legal drama, soap opera, medical drama, animal fiction and family drama.

Early life[edit]

Thorne was born in New York City, New York, and raised in the Bronx, where he attended the Bronx High School of Science, a school for gifted students. He is a graduate of the City University of New York's City College, with a B.A. in English[citation needed], and in May 2011, received his M.A. with Honors in English Literature from California State University Northridge. He is currently teaching an Introduction to Literature and Critical Thinking and Composition courses at Los Angeles Valley College(see http://my.lavc.edu/profile/profile.aspx?name=thornerw&facultyname=Thorne,%20R%20W.)


Thorne's work includes scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Paper Chase, Fantasy Island, Dallas, Barnaby Jones, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Doctors' Private Lives and others. He adapted a screenplay in English, based on a French original, titled "Albert's Piano," for Italian producer Marcello Danon (best known for "La Cage Aux Folles.") Other feature film screenplays include "Swift, Silent Deadly" for Becker Productions and "Natural Affection," based on the play by William Inge, for Bassey Productions. His original screenplay "The Yankee," based in the American Revolution, is under option, in 2015, at Becker Productions.

Thorne is a past Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the body which determines and gives out Emmy Awards. He is an active member of the Writers Guild of America, west, was chairman of several Guild committees and involved in aiding in organization and supervision of past strikes by the union. Thorne taught screenwriting at Columbia College Hollywood, Los Angeles, for four years,[1] and for several years was a publicist representing entertainment industry, corporate and political clients.


Paramount Pictures
Lorimar Television
  • Dallas
    • The Kristin Affair, October 19, 1979 (episode 3.5)
    • Runaway, October 28, 1978 (episode 2.7)
  • Fantasy Island:
    • The Pirate, September 23, 1979 (episode 2.2)
    • I Want to Get Married, October 21, 1978 (episode 2.5)
    • The Swinger, February 9, 1980 (episode 3.19)
    • Crescendo, December 20, 1980 (episode 4.8)
    • The Devil’s Triangle, May 2, 1981 (episode 4.21)
    • To Fly with Eagles, January 21, 1984 #144 (episode 7.12)
  • Charlie's Angels:
    • Game Set, Death, January 4, 1978 (episode 2.14)
  • Doctors' Private Lives:
    • Buddy System
  • Westside Medical:
    • The Sound of Sunlight (debut episode 1.1)
    • Executive Script Consultant for series
  • The Swiss Family Robinson:
    • The Captain, November 30, 1975 (episode 1.12)
  • Blade in Hong Kong, Movie, Becker Enterprises, Creative Consultant
  • The Paper Chase:
    • The Tables Down at Ernie’s, March 27, 1979 (episode 1.19)
    • Executive Script Consultant for series, Season 1
  • The Lazarus Syndrome
  • Cannon:
    • The Cure That Kills, February 20, 1974 (episode 3.21)
    • Moving Target January 13, 1973 (episode 2.17)
  • Barnaby Jones:
    • The Marathon Murders, February 17, 1977 (episode 5.16)
    • The Lonely Victims, January 8, 1976 (episode 4.16)
  • Apple's Way:
    • The Real Thanksgiving, November 24, 1974 (episode 2.10)
    • The Outing, January 5, 1975 (episode 2.14)
    • Executive Script Consultant for series, Season 2


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Robb, Brian J. A Brief Guide to Star Trek. ISBN 1849018227

Wagner, Laura. Anne Francis: The Life and Career. Page 214. ISBN 0786486007.

Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials. Page 84. ISBN 0918432618

McGilligan, Patrick. Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff. Page 234. ISBN 0312304676

Jones, Mark and Lance Parkin. Beyond the Final Frontier (Star Trek). Pages 64, 80. ISBN 1843570807

Roddenberry, Gene and Susan Sackett. The Making of Star Trek—The Motion Picture. Page 48. ISBN 0671251813

Rosenstand, Nina. The moral of the story: an introduction to ethics. Page 251. ISBN 0767429109.

Martindale, David. Television detective shows of the 1970s… Pages 37, 67

Naylor, Lynne. Television Writers Guide - Volume 50. Pages, 21, 436, 441. ISBN 0943728754,

Lewis, Jon E. and Penny Stempel. Cult TV: the essential critical guide. Page 61

American Film - Volume 5, Issues 1-10. Page 34

Hirschfeld, Burt. Ewings of Dallas. ISBN 0553144391.

Gianakos, Larry James. Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle 1984-1986, Vol. 6. Page 279. ISBN 0810826011.

Muir, John Kenneth. The encyclopedia of superheroes on film and television. page 130. ISBN 0786437553.

Morris, Bruce B. Prime time network serials. Page 75, ISBN 0786401648.

Gross, Edward. Making of the Next Generation. Page 59. ISBN 1556982194,

Nevins, Francis M. Paul Landres: a director's stories. Page 182, 183. ISBN 0810838168.

Porter, Jennifer E. and Darcee L. McLaren. Star Trek and Sacred Ground: Explorations of Star Trek. Page 274. ISBN 1438416350.

Van Hise, James. The History of Trek. Pages 54, 129. ISBN 1556983093.

Van Hise, James. Trek: the next generation. Page 53. ISBN 1556983530.

Blum, Daniel and John A. Willis. Daniel Blum's Theatre World - Volume 21, pages 42, 43

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John Willis' Theatre World - Volume 21. Page 43

New York Theatre Critics' Reviews - Volumes 25-26. Page 410

Choice: Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Vol. 3, issues 8-12.

World Theatre - Volume 14, 1965. Page 203

Schuster, Hal and Wendy Rathbone. Trek: The Unauthorized A-Z. Page 232. ISBN 0061054356.

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