Worley Thorne

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Worley Thorne is an American screenwriter, television writer, script consultant and adjunct assistant professor of Composition, Critical Thinking and Screenwriting. Thorne's work as a writer 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


  1. ^ American Film Institute, Guide to College Courses in Film and Television, 1978, ISBN 0-87866-085-2

2. American Film Institute, Guide to College Courses in Film and Television, 1975, ISBN 0-87491-030-7

  • American Film, vol. 5, nos. 1-10, pp. 34.
  • Blum, Daniel and John A. Willis. Daniel Blum's Theatre World, vol. 21, pp. 42, 43
  • Bohnenkamp, Dennis R. and Sam L. Grogg. Guide to College Courses in Film and Television (1978). p. 37. ISBN 9780878660858
  • Choice: Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. vol. 3, nos. 8-12.
  • Gianakos, Larry James. Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1984-1986. vol. 6. pp. 279. ISBN 0810826011
  • Greenberger, Robert. Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History. p. 150. ISBN 0760343594.
  • Gross, Edward. Making of the Next Generation. p. 59. ISBN 1556982194
  • Hirschfeld, Burt. Ewings of Dallas. ISBN 0553144391.
  • John Willis' Theatre World, vol. 21, p. 43.
  • Jones, Mark and Lance Parkin. Beyond the Final Frontier (Star Trek). pp. 64, 80. ISBN 1843570807
  • Lewis, Jon E. and Penny Stempel. Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide. p. 61.
  • Martindale, David. Television Detective Shows of the 1970s. pp. 37, 67.
  • McGilligan, Patrick. Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff. p. 234. ISBN 0312304676
  • Morris, Bruce B. Prime Time Network Serials. p. 75. ISBN 0786401648
  • Muir, John Kenneth. The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television. p. 130. ISBN 0786437553
  • Naylor, Lynne. Television Writers Guide, vol. 50, p. 21, 436, 441. ISBN 0943728754
  • Nevins, Francis M. Paul Landres: A Director's Stories. pp. 182, 183. ISBN 0810838168
  • New York Theatre Critics' Reviews, vols. 25-26. p. 410.
  • Porter, Jennifer E. and Darcee L. McLaren. Star Trek and Sacred Ground: Explorations of Star Trek. p. 274. ISBN 1438416350
  • Robb, Brian J. A Brief Guide to Star Trek. ISBN 1849018227
  • Roddenberry, Gene and Susan Sackett. The Making of Star Trek—The Motion Picture. p. 48. ISBN 0671251813
  • Rosenstand, Nina. The Moral of the Story: An Introduction to Ethics. p. 251. ISBN 0767429109
  • Schuster, Hal and Wendy Rathbone. Trek: The Unauthorized A-Z. p. 232. ISBN 0061054356
  • Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials. p. 84. ISBN 0918432618
  • Van Hise, James. The History of Trek. pp. 54, 129. ISBN 1556983093
  • Van Hise, James. Trek: The Next Generation. p. 53. ISBN 1556983530
  • Wagner, Laura. Anne Francis: The Life and Career. p. 214. ISBN 0786486007
  • World Theatre, vol. 14 (1965), p. 203.

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